Today, I bring you an announcement of great joy!  You have a new bishop!

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has named Bishop Steven John Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan as my successor.  His installation is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  More information will be available soon concerning his installation and any other special events leading up to it.

There will be a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the Chancery.  We will post the press conference video on the diocesan web site at

Pope Francis has named me Apostolic Administrator for the interim period.  Then, upon Bishop Raica’s installation, I will live in Trussville and look forward to assisting him and all of you in whatever ways I can.  Let us pray for Bishop Raica as he prepares to transition to the Deep South.  Please remember me in your prayers, also, as I do you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, S.T.D.

Apostolic Administrator of Birmingham in Alabama

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