John M. LeVoir

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John Marvin LeVoir
Bishop of New Ulm
ArchdioceseSaint Paul and Minneapolis
DioceseNew Ulm
AppointedJuly 14, 2008
InstalledSeptember 14, 2008
PredecessorJohn Clayton Nienstedt
OrdinationMay 30, 1981
by John R. Roach
ConsecrationSeptember 15, 2008
by John Clayton Nienstedt, Frederick F. Campbell, and Peter F. Christensen
Personal details
Born(1946-02-07)February 7, 1946
Minneapolis, Minnesota
ParentsMarvin A. LeVoir and Mary A. (Borys) LeVoir
Alma materSaint Paul Seminary
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Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

John Marvin LeVoir (born February 7, 1946) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the Bishop New Ulm, Minnesota.


John LeVoir was born to Marvin and Mary (b. 1915) LeVoir in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has two brothers, Frederick and Paul, and a sister, Mary Ellen. He studied at the University of St. Thomas, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1968, and at the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1971.

From 1971 to 1976, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for various firms and also taught accounting at his alma mater of the University of Minnesota, from where he also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1974. In his late twenties, LeVoir decided to pursue an ecclesiastical career.[1] He then entered the archdiocesan seminary, earning a Master of Theology in 1981.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John Roach on May 30, 1981, and served as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo parish in St. Anthony until 1992. LeVoir was made pastor of Holy Trinity parish in South St. Paul in 1992, and later assumed the additional role of pastor of St. Augustine parish from 2000. He became pastor of both St. Michael Church and St. Mary Church in Stillwater in 2004. He co-authored Covenant of Love: John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in the Modern World and Faith for Today as well.

On July 14, 2008, LeVoir was appointed the fourth bishop of New Ulm by Pope Benedict XVI. His appointment to the New Ulm diocese ended a fifteen-month-long vacancy created by the naming of Bishop John Nienstedt as Coadjutor Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in April 2007.

LeVoir received his episcopal consecration the following September 15 from Archbishop John Nienstedt, with Bishops Frederick Campbell and Peter Christensen serving as co-consecrators.

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  1. ^ Star Tribune. LeVoir named to head New Ulm diocese July 14, 2008

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Clayton Nienstedt
Bishop of New Ulm
Succeeded by