Pope appoints Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, WI. as bishop of Boise City

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The Holy Father appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, U.S.A., as bishop of Boise City (area 218,272, population 1,584,985, Catholics 174,348, priests 91, permanent deacons 75, religious 91), U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, whose resignation from the same diocese upon having reached the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.


Peter Forsyth Christensen (born December 24, 1952) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as Bishop of Superior.

Bishop Christensen, one of eight children, was born on December 24, 1952 in Pasadena, California.

Early Career & Education

He moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1975. He worked as a commercial artist prior to entering St. John Vianney College Seminary located at the University of St. Thomas. He also attended St. Paul Seminary for his graduate studies.

Bishop Christensen holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Applied Spirituality as well as an honorary doctorate.

Ordination to Priesthood

He was ordained to the priesthood at age 32 on May 25, 1985 by Archbishop John Roach and served as associate pastor of St. Olaf Parish in Minneapolis before becoming spiritual director (1989) and rector (1991) of St. John Vianney Seminary. In June of 1999 he was appointed pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in St. Paul where he served until being named the 10th Bishop of Superior on June 28, 2007 by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Named Bishop of Superior

He received his Episcopal Consecration on September 14, 2007 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota, with Archbishop Harry J. Flynn the Presider and Principal Consecrator, and Bishop Raphael M. Fliss, Diocese of Superior, and Bishop William H. Bullock, Diocese of Madison, Co-Consecrators. On September 23, 2007, he was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Superior at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior, Wisconsin.

Presently, Bishop Christensen serves as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. He is also a member of the USCCB Subcommittee on Native American Affairs and the USCCB Committee on National Collections. In November of 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term on the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.

Today, November 4, 2014, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, U.S.A., as bishop of Boise City.