Andrew H. Cozzens

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Andrew Harmon Cozzens
Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Titular Bishop of Bisica
Bishop Cozzens with Two Deacons.jpg
Bishop Cozzens with two deacons
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseSaint Paul and Minneapolis
AppointedOctober 11, 2013
InstalledDecember 9, 2013
Other postsTitular Bishop of Bisica
Orders
OrdinationMay 3, 1997
ConsecrationDecember 9, 2013
by John Clayton Nienstedt, Harry Joseph Flynn, and Paul Sirba
Personal details
Born (1968-08-03) August 3, 1968 (age 50)
Denver, Colorado
MottoPRÆBE NOBIS COR TUUM
Styles of
Andrew Harmon Cozzens
Coat of arms of Andrew Harmon Cozzens.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Andrew Harmon Cozzens, (August 3, 1968) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. Since 2013 he has been an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Andrew Cozzens was born on August 3, 1968, in Denver, Colorado to Jack and Judy Cozzens.[1]

Education, ordination and ministry[edit]

Andrew Cozzens attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, graduating in 1991.[2] During his time at Benedictine College, he helped found the college's pro-life student group and a charismatic prayer group. In 1990, he was arrested several times for blocking access to abortion clinics and served several weeks in jail.[3][4] After a period of discernment, including a time serving as a missionary with NET Ministries in 1991-1992, he entered the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He was ordained a priest in 1997 for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and served as a curate for several years before being sent to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, Italy for doctoral studies. He completed his doctorate in 2008 with a dissertation entitled Imago vivens Iesu Christi sponsi Ecclesiae : the priest as a living image of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom of the Church through the evangelical counsels. Returning from Rome, Cozzens began service as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.[5]

Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis[edit]

Cozzens was appointed titular Bishop of Bisica and an auxiliary for the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on October 11, 2013 by Pope Francis.[6] He was consecrated on December 9, 2013.[7]

Cozzens and Lee Piché, both auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, were involved in an investigation of misconduct against Archbishop John Nienstedt. The results of the investigation were delivered to Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio at the time, and no action was taken at the time. Looking back at the investigation, Cozzens said that it was "doomed to fail" and different measures were needed for investigations against bishops.[8]

In response to the McCarrick scandal Cozzens has advocated for a national review board made up of both clerical and lay members to investigate allegations of misconduct against bishops.[9]

From August-December 2018, he served as the interim rector for the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity after Msgr. Aloysius R. Callaghan retired on August 15 and before Fr. Joseph C. Taphorn began on January 1, 2019.

Academic degrees[edit]

  • S.T.D., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, Rome, 2008
  • S.T.L., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 2002
  • M.Div., The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 1997
  • M.A., The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 1997
  • B.A., Benedictine College, 1991[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auxiliary bishop named for Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis". The Catholic Spirit. The Catholic Spirit. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. ^ Clawson, Makena. "Newly elected bishop, Andrew Cozzens, Raven alum – The Circuit". Benedictine Circuit. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "State v. Cozzens". Justia Law. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ Wiering, Maria (25 November 2015). "Bishop fields queries on vocations, jail time in Google Hangout". TheCatholicSpirit.com. The Catholic Spirit. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Reverend Andrew Cozzens Named Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Auxiliary bishop named for Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Bishop Cozzens: Nienstedt investigation was 'doomed to fail'". Catholic News Agency.
  9. ^ "Bishop Cozzens: Nienstedt investigation was 'doomed to fail'". Catholic News Agency.
  10. ^ "Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, S.T.D". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.

External links[edit]

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
2013–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jan Franciszek Wątroba
Roman Catholic Titular See of Bisica
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent