Michael David Pfeifer

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Michael David Pfeifer
Bishop Emeritus of San Angelo
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese San Antonio
Diocese San Angelo
Appointed May 31, 1985
Installed July 26, 1985
Term ended December 12, 2013
Predecessor Joseph Anthony Fiorenza
Successor Michael Sis
Ordination December 21, 1964
by Stephen Aloysius Leven
Consecration July 26, 1985
by Patrick Flores, Joseph Fiorenza, and John Joseph Fitzpatrick
Personal details
Born May 18, 1937
Alamo, Texas
Motto For Christ and his people through Mary
Styles of
Michael David Pfeifer
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Michael David Pfeifer (born May 18, 1937) is the Roman Catholic bishop emeritus[1] of the Diocese of San Angelo. He was born in Alamo, Texas, the son of Maund Pfeifer and Alice Clausney Savage. On December 21, 1964 he was ordained a priest for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and served as a missionary in Mexico for several years. On May 31, 1985, Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of San Angelo; he was consecrated on July 26 of the same year.[2][3]

Pfeifer has taken a vocal stand against the use of embryonic stem cells instead promoting the use of adult stem cells.[4][5]

In accordance with canon law, Pfeifer submitted his resignation letter to then Pope Benedict XVI on his 75th birthday on May 18, 2012. Pfeifer said he would remain dedicated to serve his community in the interim before a new bishop is selected.[6]

Pope Francis accepted Pfeifer's resignation on December 12, 2013.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Anthony Fiorenza
Bishop of San Angelo
Succeeded by
Michael Sis