March 25, 2020 – Today, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, at 12:00pm Rome Time (6:00am Central Daylight Time), Pope Francis named Bishop Steven John Raica as Fifth Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama.
Bishop Raica is currently bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, where he has served since 2014. Previously, he was a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. He originally comes from the town of Munising, Michigan, which is located in the Upper Peninsula. He was ordained a priest in 1978, has had a wide range of parish and other pastoral experiences over the years, and holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome.
With Bishop Raica’s nomination, Bishop Robert Baker’s resignation now becomes effective and he assumes the title of Bishop Emeritus. He has also been named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese for the time leading up to Bishop Raica’s installation. We are so grateful for Bishop Baker’s 13-year service to our diocese and our Cathedral parish. We know this is not goodbye, and look forward to his continued presence with us in retirement. Thank you, Bishop Baker!
A press conference will be held at 10:00am in the Chancery to welcome Bishop Raica, who remains in Michigan due to the COVID-19 crisis and will join via livestream. We await the news of when Bishop Raica will visit Birmingham. His installation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020. More information will be available soon concerning the time and other details connected with his installation.
Welcome, Bishop Raica!
Please visit the diocesan web site for more information: http://www.bhmdiocese.org.