Roger Morin

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Roger Paul Morin
Bishop Emeritus of Biloxi
Archdiocese Mobile
Diocese Biloxi
Appointed March 2, 2009
Installed April 27, 2009
Term ended December 16, 2016
Predecessor Thomas John Rodi
Successor Louis Frederick Kihneman
Ordination April 15, 1971
Consecration April 22, 2003
by Alfred Clifton Hughes, Philip Hannan, and Francis B. Schulte
Personal details
Born (1941-03-07) March 7, 1941 (age 76)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
Styles of
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Roger Paul Morin (born March 7, 1941) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the third Bishop of Biloxi. Pope Francis accepted his resignation on December 16, 2016.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Roger Morin was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Germain and Lillian Morin; he has two brothers, James and Paul, and three sisters, Lillian, Elaine, and Susan. He attended St. John's Seminary in Brighton, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1966, and then pursued his graduate studies in theology there for two years.

In 1968, he became director of The Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, a social service organization run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, having previously worked in the Archdiocese's summer Witness program. He entered Notre Dame Seminary that same year, earning a Master's in Divinity in 1970.


Morin was ordained to the priesthood on April 15, 1971, and then served as an associate pastor at St. Henry's Church in New Orleans. He received a Master of Science degree in urban affairs from Tulane University in 1974, and became director of the Archdiocesan Social Apostolate in 1975.

From 1978 to 1981, at the request of Mayor Ernest Morial, he served as a volunteer special assistant in the office of the mayor, dealing with federal programs and projects. In 1981, Morin was named Archdiocesan Vicar for Community Affairs and Parochial Vicar of Incarnate Word Church in New Orleans, later serving as its pastor from 1988 to 2002. He was raised to the rank of Monsignor in 1985, and organized preparations for Pope John Paul II's visit to New Orleans in 1987. He was named vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese in 2001.

Episcopal career[edit]

On February 11, 2003, Morin was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans and Titular Bishop of Aulon by John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 22 from Archbishop Alfred Hughes, with Archbishops Philip Hannan and Francis Schulte serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto, "Walk Humbly and Act Justly."

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Morin has served as chairman of the Subcommittee of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and as a member of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Committee on National Collections.

Bishop of Biloxi[edit]

Morin was later named the third Bishop of Biloxi, Mississippi, by Pope Benedict XVI on March 2, 2009. He succeeded Thomas John Rodi, who was promoted to Archbishop of Mobile in April 2008. He was formally installed at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the following April 27; the papal bull of appointment that is customarily read at a bishop's installation did not arrive by the time of Morin's own installation.[2]

As Bishop of Biloxi, Morin is the spiritual leader of 68,000 Catholics in southern Mississippi.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas John Rodi
Bishop of Biloxi
Succeeded by
Louis Frederick Kihneman
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
Succeeded by