New Archbishop for Mobile, Alabama
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Posted by: Archdiocese of Mobile
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Oscar Hugh Lipscomb of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama, in accord with canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law, and he nominated as the new Archbishop and Metropolitan of Mobile, the Most Reverend Thomas John Rodi,
presently bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi. Archbishop
Libscomb has been a long time friend of the CLSA, speaking last at our
1999 CLSA Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Archbishop Rodi joined
the Canon Law Society of America in 1986. The members of the CLSA thank
them for their contributions to the Church and will keep both gentlemen
in our prayers for the future.
Archbishop Rodi was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 27th of March
1949 where he completed his elementary and secondary education in
Catholic schools in New Orleans. He attended Georgetown University in
Washington from 1967 to 1971 and Tulane University in New Orleans from
1971 to 1974 where he earned a civil law degree. In 1974 he entered
Notre Dame Seminary in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to study
theology, and was ordained a priest of the archdiocese on the 20th of
May 1978. He went on from there to earn his license in canon law from
the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1986.
Archbishop Rodi was nominated as bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi on the
15th of May 2001, and ordained bishop the 2nd of July 2001.