The Office of Bishop is the symbol of unity in the Catholic Church. A bishop is appointed by the Pope and leads a geographic region of the church called a diocese. He shepherds the diocese in spiritual matters while also serving as an executive and judicial leader for the church on the local level. Bishops are directly in line with the apostles through apostolic succession.
The Diocese of Jackson has had 11 bishops since its establishment in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI.
Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz was ordained on Feb. 6, 2014.
We have one retired bishop in residence — Bishop Joseph Latino (10th Bishop of Jackson). Retired Bishops hold the title of Emeritus, a Latin word for esteemed old person.