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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas native has been chosen by the Pope to lead the Lubbock diocese.

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Pope Francis has named Reverend Monsignor Robert Coerver of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas as the new Bishop of Lubbock.

Coerver will become the third bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock.

A native of Dallas, Coerver graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1972 and the University of Dallas in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 27, 1980 and named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in December 2004.

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According to a release, Monsignor Coerver says he was very surprised by the news but grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence in him.

“I was born and raised here in Dallas; my family roots are here and my ancestors were among Dallas’ first Catholics.  I have developed so many fantastic relationships over the years and it will be difficult to have them take on a different nature.  I have cherished my work among my brother priests and upon hearing of my appointment a slight pang of sadness came upon me” said Monsignor Coerver. “But, as a priest, I have always known that I must follow wherever the Lord leads me, and so when asked if I would accept the appointment I did so immediately because I have promised to serve wherever the Church needs me.  I happily look forward to this new role as chief shepherd of the Catholic faithful in Lubbock and pray that God will assist me in leading the Catholic people there.  I ask the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Dallas as I prepare to assume my new responsibilities.”

Bishop-elect Coerver will be ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock at a special Mass of Ordination on November 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock.

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