LUBBOCK, Texas — Pope Francis has selected the pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in northern Dallas to be the new bishop of the Lubbock Catholic diocese.
The Vatican announced the resignation of Lubbock Bishop Placido Rodriguez and the selection of Rev. Robert Coerver as his successor. Rodriguez is 75, the Vatican’s retirement age for bishops.
Coerver is a Dallas native who has served at various parishes in the Dallas Catholic diocese since his ordination in 1980. He has been pastor of the St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas since 2010.
The Lubbock diocese covers more than 23,000 square miles of the Texas South Plains with a population of almost 500,000 residents, about 28 percent of whom are Catholic.