Austin Vetter

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Austin Vetter
Bishop of Helena
AppointedOctober 8, 2019
InstalledNovember 20, 2019
PredecessorGeorge Leo Thomas
OrdinationJune 29, 1993
by John Francis Kinney
ConsecrationNovember 20, 2019
by Alexander King Sample, James F. Checchio, and David Kagan
Personal details
Born (1967-09-13) September 13, 1967 (age 56)
MottoFiat (Be done)
Styles of
Austin Anthony Vetter
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Austin Anthony Vetter (born September 13, 1967) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has been serving as bishop of the Diocese of Helena in Montana since 2019.


Early life[edit]

Austin Vetter was born on September 13, 1967, in Linton, North Dakota. After attending North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, from 1985 to 1989, he studied for the priesthood at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo from 1986 to 1989. Vetter then attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1992.


On June 29, 1993, Vetter was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bismarck at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, North Dakota, by Bishop John Kinney.[1][2][3] After his ordination, Vetter's pastoral assignments in North Dakota parishes included:[1]

While completing his pastoral assignments, Vetter also served as a religion instructor at St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck (1994-1999). He later became an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. (2004-2007).

In 2012, Vetter returned to Rome to serve as director of spiritual formation at the Pontifical North American College, a post he would hold for six years. After returning to Bismarck in 2018, he was named rector of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop of Helena[edit]

Pope Francis appointed Vetter as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Helena on October 8, 2019.[4][1][5] Vetter was consecrated by Archbishop Alexander Sample on November 20, 2019.[6][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Father Austin Vetter appointed Bishop of Diocese of Helena". Diocese of Bismarck (Press release). October 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Reverend Austin A. Vetter as Bishop of the Diocese of Helena". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Press release). October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Bishop |". Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "Pope Francis Has Appointed Fr. Austin Anthony Vetter as 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Helena". Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena (Press release). October 8, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "We Joyfully Welcome Fr. Austin A. Vetter - Bishop Elect for the Diocese of Helena". Carroll College (Press release). October 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Kuglin, Tom (November 20, 2019). "Austin Vetter ordained 11th bishop of Helena Diocese". Independent Record. Archived from the original on November 22, 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Helena
Succeeded by