Former CPA Tapped to Be Next Bishop of New Ulm Diocese

Pioneer Press

July 14, 2008

A former accountant will be named the new bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm later today.

Rev. John M. LeVoir 62, a Minneapolis native, will be formally introduced at an afternoon press conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in New Ulm.

LeVoir has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in theology from the St. Paul Seminary. He became a certified public accountant in 1973 and worked for several firms before being ordained in May 1981.

He has served at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, the Church of the Holy Trinity in South St. Paul, the Church of St. Augustine in South St. Paul, the Church of St. Michael and the Church of St. Mary in Stillwater.

His publications include "Covenant of Love: Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage and the Family" and "Faith for Today: Pope John Paul II's Catechetical Teachings."

Pope Benedict XVI named LeVoir as the fourth bishop of the diocese of New Ulm, which comprises 15 counties in southern Minnesota. The population of the area is 285,338, with a Catholic population of 68,087, according to the diocese.

LeVoir succeeds Rev. John Nienstedt, who became archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis earlier this year.


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