On Sept. 27, Reverend Monsignor Robert Coerver was named as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas.
Coerver will replace Plácido Rodríguez, who resigned his position as bishop at the end of September, after holding the position since 1994.
Prior to his appointment, Msgr. Coerver was serving as the pastor of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Dallas.
Msgr. Coerver is a Dallas native, growing up as a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and graduating from the Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1972.
Msgr. Coerver then attended the University of Dallas, entering the Holy Trinity Seminary. He graduated in 1976 and was ordained in 1980.
He served as the director of spiritual formation from 1985 to 1996 on UD’s campus at Holy Trinity Seminary.
Msgr. Coerver was then named director of the office of sacramental life for the diocese in 1997. In 2003, he was appointed director of priestly life and ministry.
In 2004, St. Pope John Paul II named him a Monsignor and a Prelate of Honor. He served as the pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Rockwall, Texas, for a year, before serving at St. Rita’s.
“Rome must think highly of the pastoral work done by priests in the Diocese of Dallas, given that roughly five Dallas priests have been appointed bishops for other dioceses in the last five years or so!” theology professor Fr. Thomas Esposito, O. Cist, said in email.
Indeed, Pope Francis has appointed many Dallas diocesan priests to be bishops and fill other various roles in recent years, including appointing Bishop Kevin Farrell as the Prefect of the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life – one of the highest roles in the Catholic Church in America.
Msgr. Coerver is the third UD alumnus to be named bishop in five months, the other two being Bishop David Konderla and current Dallas interim bishop, Bishop Greg Kelly.
He is the 16th UD alumnus to be named a bishop.