Appointment of bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America
The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America, His Excellency Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., of the U.S. “Moreau” province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, currently pastor of the Saint Ignatius parish in Austin, Texas.
Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C.
Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., was born on 28 June 1967 in South Bend, Indiana, in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the “Notre Dame” University (1990), and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the “Notre Dame” University (1993) and then obtained a diploma in executive management from the same university (2002).
He gave his solemn vows in the Congregation of the Holy Cross on 28 August 1993. He was ordained a priest on 9 April 1994 for the same congregation.
After priestly ordination, he held the following offices: vicar of the Sacred Heart parish in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1994-1997); associate director of vocations for his congregation (1997-2002); director of the “Andre House”, an aid centre for the poor and homeless in Phoenix, Arizona (2002-2007); member of the managing board of the Holy Cross Associates (1998-2002) of the Holy Cross College at the “Notre Dame” University (2002-2003); of diocesan Caritas in Phoenix (2003-2008) and chairman of the diocesan committee of Austin for Catholic schools (member from 2010 to 2016). He is currently pastor of the Saint Ignatius Martyr parish in Austin, Texas (since 2009), vice president of the presbyteral council of the diocese of Austin (member since 2011) and vicar forane of the Austin Central Deanery.
As well as English, he speaks Spanish.