NEW ULM — Monsignor Douglas L. Grams was elected by the diocesan College of Consultors to serve as the diocesan administrator of the Diocese of New Ulm, effective Aug. 10, according to a Diocese of New Ulm news release.
Grams will be replacing the Rev. John M. LeVoir, who had served as bishop of the diocese since 2008 and retired Aug. 6, citing health reasons.
“I am honored to serve as interim administrator for the Diocese of New Ulm until our Holy Father, Pope Francis, appoints a new bishop for our diocese,” Grams said in the release. “My prayer is that the Lord will guide me in this new leadership journey and that a bishop will be appointed soon.”
According to church law, when the bishop of a diocese vacates his office, and no simultaneous appointment is made by the pope to fill the office, a diocesan administrator is elected by the College of Consultors to govern the diocese.
As administrator, Grams will assume the administrative responsibilities of a diocesan bishop until the pope appoints a new bishop.
Grams was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1987, at the Church of the Holy Rosary, North Mankato, by Bishop Raymond A. Lucker. Since ordination, he has served parishes in the communities of Sleepy Eye, Searles, Tracy and Walnut Grove.
He currently serves as rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and is pastor of the parishes in the Holy Cross Area Faith Community (Lafayette, New Ulm, Searles, and West Newton Township).
Diocesan positions he has held include defender of the bond and associate judge for the diocesan Marriage Tribunal, chancellor, and director of priest personnel.
Since 2002, Grams has served concurrently as vicar general of the diocese under the last two bishops.
In addition to his diocesan administrator responsibilities, Grams will continue to serve as the Diocese of New Ulm’s Bishop’s Delegate in Matters Pertaining to Sexual Misconduct, a position he has held since 2002.