Pope names Green Bay vicar as Marquette bishop

MARQUETTE (AP) – Pope Francis has named a leader from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., as bishop of the Diocese of Marquette.

The Rev. John Doerfler (DERF’-ler) now serves as vicar general in the Green Bay diocese. He’s the 13th man to head the Marquette diocese.

The appointment was announced today at St. Peter Cathedral.

The 49-year-old Doerfler says his “first obligation is to know and love the people” and says he’ll work “very hard at that.”

He’s being ordained and installed as bishop Feb. 11 at the cathedral on Feb. 11. He succeeds Alexander Sample, now archbishop of Portland, Ore.

Doerfler was born in Appleton, Wis., and holds a canon law degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.