Pope Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Isern Of Pueblo, Colorado

June 13, 2013 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis hasaccepted the resignation of Bishop Fernando Isern from the pastoral governanceof the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado.

The appointment was publicized inWashington, June 13, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to theUnited States.

Bishop Isern was born September 22,1958, in Havana, Cuba. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami in1993. He holds a bachelor's degree from Florida International University,Miami. He attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and St. Vincentde Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed himbishop of Pueblo on October 15, 2009. He was ordained a bishop on December 10of that year.

The Diocese of Pueblo includes48,155 square miles. The population of the diocese is 667,586 people, with63,714, or 10 percent of them, Catholic.

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