Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Herbert Bevard of the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands; Names Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington as Apostolic Administrator

September 18, 2020 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. At the same time, he has appointed the Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory of Washington as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands is comprised of the Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John, and Water Island, and has a total population of 110,000 of which 30,000 are Catholic.

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