New Bishop named for San Angelo

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of the pastoral governance of the Diocese of San Angelo (USA) presented by His Excellency, Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, in conformity with Canon 401, paragraph 1 of the Code of Canon Law, the bishop having reached the age limit.

The Holy Father has named Bishop of San Angelo (USA) Monsignor Michael J. Sis, of the clergy of the Diocese of Austin, up until this time the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Austin.

Monsignor Michael J. Sis was born January 9, 1960, at Mount Holly, New Jersey, in the Diocese of Trenton. He attended the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Indiana, receiving his Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in 1982. He then took his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1982-86. Successively, he received a License of Moral Theology degree from the Pontifical Academy of St. Alphonsus in Rome in 1990.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin on July 19, 1986.

After his priestly ordination, he had the following assignments: Parochial Vicar of Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Parish (1986-88) and of St. Mary’s Cathedral (1990-92), vice chaplain at St. Mary’s Center at Texas A&M University (1989 and 1992-93) and then chaplain at A&M from 1993-2006; Director of Vocations from 2006-2009, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Austin (2009-2010). Since 2010 he has been Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

He was named a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2009.

In addition to English, he knows Spanish and Italian.

(Translation of Italian announcement from the Vatican)

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