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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi encompasses 17 counties in south Mississippi. It was erected on March 1, 1977, when it was split from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson. The diocese is part of the ecclesiastical province of Mobile, though for the first three years of its existence it was in the province of New Orleans.

Diocese of Biloxi

Dioecesis Biloxiiensis
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Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi
Country United States
TerritorySouthern Mississippi (17 counties)
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Mobile
Area24,992 km2 (9,649 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
71,500 (8.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
EstablishedMarch 1, 1977
CathedralCathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron saintSt. Joseph the Worker
St. Martin de Porres
Current leadership
BishopLouis Frederick Kihneman
Metropolitan ArchbishopArchbishop Thomas J. Rodi
Bishops emeritusBishop Roger Morin
Bishop Joseph Howze
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The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the diocese's cathedral. It was announced on December 16, 2016 that Pope Francis had accepted Bishop Roger Morin's resignation and that Louis Kihneman III, Vicar General of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, was nominated to be Morin's successor[1]


Bishops of BiloxiEdit

  1. Joseph Lawson Howze (1977–2001)
  2. Thomas John Rodi (2001–2008), appointed Archbishop of Mobile
  3. Roger Morin (2009–2016)
  4. Louis Frederick Kihneman (2017–present)

High schoolsEdit

Closed schools:

* Closed in 2007 and replaced by St. Patrick Catholic High School.

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