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Duluth Diocese introduces Father Daniel Felton as new bishop

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Father Daniel Felton

DULUTH, MN-- The Diocese of Duluth announced Wednesday Rev. Daniel Felton will serve as its new bishop.

Bishop-elect Felton, who was appointed by Pope Francis, will begin his episcopal ordination and installation May 20.

Bishop-elect Felton, served as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Green Bay since 2014, was born Feb. 5, 1955.

Felton wears many hats with a bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., in religious studies and psychology; a master’s degree in theology from St. John University, Collegeville; and a licentiate of sacred theology and a master’s degree in social communications from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Bishop-elect Felton became an ordained priest June 13, 1981.

Furthermore, Father Felton serves as a member of the diocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Bishop Advisory Council, Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, St. Norbert Board of Trustees, and Silver Lake College Board of Directors.

“We are grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for sending us our next bishop in this joyful Easter season,” said the Very Rev. James Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth.

“We look forward to getting to know Bishop-elect Felton and beginning this new chapter in our walk of faith together under his leadership as our next shepherd.”

Bishop-elect Felton succeeds the late Bishop Paul Sirba, who died Dec. 1, 2019.

In June 2020, the Duluth Diocese announced Father Michael Mulloy was appointed to the position. Mulloy resigned in September, before ever officially taking the role, amid sexual assault accusations at his former Diocese.

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The Diocese of Duluth serves the 10 counties of northeastern Minnesota with more than 44,000 Catholics and 71 parishes.

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