Bishop Estevez retirement accepted by Pope, new bishop-elect announced

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier will become next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez. Photo from Twitter.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, 76, retirement has been accepted by Pope Francis. Bishop Estévez was named tenth Bishop of St. Augustine in 2011.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Arkansas priest, Father Erik Pohlmeier, as the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Bishop-elect Pohlmeier, 50, will have consecration as bishop and installation in the diocese July 22.

The Diocese of St. Augustine covers 17 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida, and serves more than 153,000 Catholics.

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