Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Baker, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Birmingham and has named Bishop Steven Raica of Gaylord, Michigan, to succeed him.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C., on March 25 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Raica was born on Nov. 8, 1952 and ordained to the priesthood on Oct. 14, 1978. He was named bishop of Gaylord in 2014.

The Diocese of Birmingham is comprised of 28,091 square miles in the State of Alabama and has a total population of 3,073,473 of which 104,837 are Catholic.

 

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