News Release #411Released to media on April 24, 2007
Bishop John C. Nienstedt named Coadjutor Archbishop
New Ulm , MN – Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop John C. Nienstedt as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis . Archbishop Harry Flynn has indicated that he intends to invite the new coadjutor archbishop to share full leadership of the archdiocese. According to Canon Law: a coadjutor archbishop shares with the archbishop the governance, administration, and pastoral ministry of an archdiocese. An archbishop consults regularly with his coadjutor on important matters regarding the archdiocese. A coadjutor archbishop immediately succeeds the local archbishop upon his resignation and automatically takes his place if he is absent or incapacitated.
Archbishop Nienstedt is a native of Detroit , born March 18, 1947 . He was ordained to the priesthood on July 27, 1974 , at Sacred Heart Church , Dearborn , Michigan .