Congratulations to Msgr. Michael Sis, Vicar General of the Diocese of Austin, who was appointed by Pope Francis as the sixth Bishop of San Angelo on December 12th, 2013 on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He will replace retiring Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, DD, who was appointed Bishop of San Angelo by Pope John Paul II in 1985.
Bishop-elect Sis was born January 9, 1960, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. He was ordained for the Austin diocese on July 19, 1986. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Gregorian University, and a licentiate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. Assignments after ordination included 1986-1988, associate pastor, Christo Rey Church, Austin; 1989, associate pastor in campus ministry, St. Mary’s Student Center, College Station, Texas; 1990-1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin; 1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 1993-2006, pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 2006-2009, vocation director, Austin Diocese; 2009-2010, pastor, St. Thomas More Church, Austin; and 2010-present, vicar general and moderator of the curia, Austin diocese. The San Angelo diocese includes 37,433 square miles across 29 counties in Texas. It has a population of 859,701 people, with 77,230, or nine percent of them, Catholic. The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 12, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.