BISMARCK, N.D. (EWTN News/CNA)—On Oct. 19, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese as the new bishop of Bismarck, N.D.
Bishop-elect Kagan, 61, will succeed Bishop Paul Zipfel, who has served as leader of the diocese since 1997. The Pope also accepted Bishop Zipfel’s resignation, which he submitted at the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Msgr. Kagan was born in Waukegan, Ill. He holds a M.A. in sacred theology and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest in Rockford, Ill., in 1975 and has served at a number of parishes in the diocese as a teacher, parish pastor and parochial administrator.