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
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Coat of Arms
Country United States
TerritoryMississippi Southern Mississippi (17 counties)
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Mobile
Area24,992 km2 (9,649 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2012)
71,500 (8.3%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMarch 1, 1977
CathedralCathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron saintSt. Joseph the Worker[citation needed]
St. Martin de Porres[1]
Current leadership
BishopLouis Frederick Kihneman
Metropolitan ArchbishopArchbishop Thomas J. Rodi
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The Diocese of Biloxi is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church that 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 of Biloxi is a suffragan diocese the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Mobile, though for its first three years the diocese was in the province of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the diocese's cathedral.


Pope Paul VI erected the Diocese of Biloxi, with territory taken from the Diocese of Natches-Jackson on 1 March 1977.[2]

On 29 July 1980, Pope John Paul II elevated the Diocese of Mobile to a metropolitan archdiocese[3] and designated the Diocese of Biloxi as a suffragan of the new metropolitan see.

On December 16, 2016, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had accepted Bishop Roger Morin's resignation and appointed Louis Kihneman III, Vicar General of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, as Morin's successor.[4]


Bishops of Biloxi[edit]

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

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop[edit]

High schools[edit]

Closed schools:

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Diocese of Biloxi page on Catholic Hierarchy web site.
  3. ^ Diocese of Mobile page on Catholic Hierarchy web site.
  4. ^ "Pope Names Texas Priest as New Bishop of Biloxi, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Roger Morin | USCCB". Retrieved May 30, 2021.

External links[edit]

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