Funeral service information for Bishop Emeritus Joseph N. Latino

Bishop Latino

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Bishop Emeritus Joseph N. Latino died on Friday, May 28. He was 83 years old. He will be Lying in State at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson on Tuesday, June 8 beginning at 12:30 p.m.; Wake service will be on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. The wake service and funeral will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Jackson Facebook page.

Bishop Latino was the 10th Bishop of Jackson. A native of New Orleans, Bishop Latino was born on Oct. 21, 1937. He was the son of John Peter Latino and Theresa Rizzuto Latino. After completing his seminary studies and training at St. Joseph College and Seminary in St. Benedict, La., and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Bishop Latino was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans by Archbishop John Cody in St. Louis Cathedral on May 25, 1963.

During his priesthood, Bishop Latino served in parishes in New Orleans, Metairie, Houma and Thibodaux. When the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux was established in 1977, he remained a part of the new diocese and served in many capacities there including: rector of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, defender of the bond, chancellor, and Vicar General. In 1983 Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor with the title of monsignor.

He was appointed 10th Bishop of Jackson on Jan. 3, 2003; and was ordained a bishop and installed on March 7, 2003 in the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson. He retired on Dec. 12, 2013.

Bishop Latino devoted his ministry as bishop to fostering Gospel-based social justice initiatives, lay leadership, and vocations. During his tenure the office for Protection of Children was established to help insure a safe environment for children in our churches, schools and communities. Under his leadership the church implemented the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

In his retirement he continued to minister through quiet prayer and reflection along with the sharing of his wisdom gained from his 59 years of priestly service and his 83 years of life in Christ.

“Bishop Latino was most gracious to me from the outset and remained a prayerful and steady friend and colleague from the time I was ordained and installed on February 6, 2014. May he rest in peace,” said Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz.

El obispo emérito Joseph N. Latino fallece a los 83 años después de 59 años de servicio sacerdotal

Con gran pesar informamos que Joseph N. Latino, Obispo Emérito, murió el viernes 28 de mayo. Tenía 83 años. Su cuerpo será tendido el martes 8 de junio a partir de las 12:30 p.m; el servicio de vigilia será el martes 8 de junio a las 6:30 p.m. y la Misa de Entierro Cristiano será el miércoles 9 de junio a las 11:30 a.m. Todos los ritos fúnebres serán en la Catedral de San Pedro Apóstol en Jackson, Mississippi

El obispo Latino fue el décimo obispo de Jackson. Obispo Latino, nativo de Nueva Orleans, nació el 21 de octubre de 1937. Era hijo de John Peter Latino y Theresa Rizzuto Latino. Después de completar sus estudios de seminario y capacitación en St. Joseph College and Seminary en St. Benedict, La. y Notre Dame Seminary en Nueva Orleans, el obispo Latino fue ordenado sacerdote para la Arquidiócesis de Nueva Orleans por el arzobispo John Cody en St. Louis Catedral el 25 de mayo de 1963.

Durante su sacerdocio, el obispo Latino sirvió en parroquias de Nueva Orleans, Metairie, Houma y Thibodaux. Cuando en 1977 se estableció la Diócesis de Houma-Thibodaux, él permaneció como parte de la nueva diócesis y sirvió en muchos cargos allí, incluyendo: rector de la Catedral de San Francisco de Sales, defensor del vínculo matrimonial, canciller y vicario general. En 1983 el Papa Juan Pablo II lo nombró Prelado de Honor con el título de monseñor.

Fue nombrado décimo obispo de Jackson el 3 de enero de 2003 y fue ordenado obispo e instalado el 7 de marzo de 2003 en la Catedral de San Pedro Apóstol en Jackson. Se jubiló el 12 de diciembre de 2013.

El obispo Latino dedicó su ministerio como obispo a fomentar iniciativas de justicia social, liderazgo laico y vocaciones basadas en el Evangelio. Durante su mandato, se estableció la oficina de Protección de Niños para ayudar a asegurar un ambiente seguro para los niños en nuestras iglesias, escuelas y comunidades. Bajo su liderazgo, la iglesia implementó la nueva traducción al inglés del Misal Romano.

En su retiro, continuó ministrando a través de la oración y la reflexión silenciosas, junto con el intercambio de la sabiduría obtenida de sus 59 años de servicio sacerdotal y sus 83 años de vida en Cristo.

“El obispo Latino fue muy amable conmigo desde el principio y siguió siendo un amigo y colega fiel y devoto desde el momento en que fui ordenado e instalado el 6 de febrero de 2014. Que descanse en paz,” dijo el obispo Joseph R. Kopacz.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Latino

Bishop LatinoThis morning (Friday, May 28), Bishop Emeritus Joseph Latino passed away at the University Medical Center in Jackson. We pray for the repose of his soul and give thanks for his years of service to the people of the Diocese of Jackson. Details will be released as they are finalized. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Updated COVID Protocols/Lifting of Dispensation

IMPORTANT: Updated Protocols & Date of Lifting of Dispensation

In light of the recent updated guidelines issued by the CDC, especially regarding the CDC statements regarding masks and vaccinated individuals, the Diocese has updated protocols for Masses and other gatherings at parishes. We continue to advise the pastors, lay ecclesial ministers, and parish leaders to decide with prudence and care the best way to implement these policies and norms in the overall reality of the parish community. We continue to emphasize that when implementing these safety protocols, we should all be cognizant of avoiding unnecessary risks.
See the updated protocols list attached below (English & Spanish):

Lifting of Dispensation

Bishop Joseph Kopacz will lift the general dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass, effective June 5/6 for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
See his letter below (English & Spanish):

Come Holy Spirit – Join a Novena to the Holy Spirit

Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson talks about entering into the culmination of the Easter Season and our road to Pentecost. A novena begins on Friday, May 14 on EWTN’s website, visit below and pray along with us.

Arrangements for Fr. Brian Kaskie

Fr. Brian Kaskie

Father Brian Kaskie, Pastor of St. Alphonsus in McComb, passed away on Friday, March 26. May he rest in peace.

The Funeral arrangements for Father Brian are as follows:
On Monday, April 5th there will be a wake service and visitation from 4-7 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church in McComb. All are invited to come pay their respects.
A private funeral Mass for the family will be on Tuesday, April 6th at 10:30 am followed by the burial at Hollywood Cemetery.

The Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Alphonsus Facebook page; as well as, the Diocese of Jackson’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

While the funeral Mass is for family only, the burial is open to all.
Face masks are mandatory for entry and no photography will be allowed during the wake service.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Father Brian and we pray for his family, friends, and loved ones.

Funeral Homily for Father Brian Kaskie and Renewal of Ordination Vows from Christian Burial Service at Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle on March 30, 2021 by Bishop Joseph Kopacz.

Bishop Kopacz speaks on morality of COVID vaccines

Bishop Joseph Kopacz speaks on the moral acceptability of available COVID-19 Vaccines.

For more information, referenced by Bishop Kopacz read: Note on the morality of using some anti-covid vaccines – from the Vatican/Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine: