Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi

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Diocese of Biloxi
Dioecesis Biloxiiensis
Nativity BVM Cathedral.jpg
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi
Country United States
Territory Southern Mississippi (17 counties)
Ecclesiastical province Province of Mobile
Area 24,992 km2 (9,649 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
71,500 (8.3%)
Parishes 42
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established March 1, 1977
Cathedral Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron saint St. Joseph the Worker
St. Martin de Porres
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Louis Frederick Kihneman
Metropolitan Archbishop Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi
Emeritus Bishops Bishop Roger Morin
Bishop Joseph Howze
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi encompasses 17 counties in south Mississippi. It was erected on March 1, 1977, when it was split from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson. The diocese is part of the ecclesiastical province of Mobile, though for the first three years of its existence it was in the province of New Orleans.

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the diocese's cathedral. It was announced on December 16, 2016 that Pope Francis had accepted Bishop Roger Morin's resignation and that Louis Kihneman III, Vicar General of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, was nominated to be Morin's successor[1]


The list of bishops of the Diocese of Biloxi and their years of service:

  1. Joseph Lawson Howze (1977–2001), Retired
  2. Thomas John Rodi (2001–2008), Appointed Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama
  3. Roger Morin (2009–2016)
  4. Louis Frederick Kihneman (2017-)

High schools[edit]

Closed schools:

* Closed in 2007 and replaced by St. Patrick Catholic High School.

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Coordinates: 30°24′43″N 88°55′40″W / 30.41194°N 88.92778°W / 30.41194; -88.92778