Bishop William Russell Houck
Born: June 26, 1926
Ordained a Priest for Mobile: May 19, 1951
Ordained a Bishop: May 27, 1979
Installed: June 6, 1984
Retired: Jan. 3, 2003
Died: March 9, 2016
Episcopal Motto: Proclaim Jesus Christ is Lord
In 1987, the Diocese celebrated its sesquicentennial. The following year, St. Mary in Natchez was named a basilica by now Saint John Paul II.
In 2001, Bishop Houck celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Prior to his retirement in 2003, he was appointed President of Catholic Extension in 2001 and served in that capacity for over five years.