Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez issued the folowing statment May 4 on Pope Francis’ April 30 the appointment Msgr. William E. Koenig, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington. Read more about the appointment here.


“I was filled with great joy to learn that Pope Francis appointed Reverend Monsignor William E. Koenig as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington.

I had the privilege of serving with him during my time as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre when he was the Rector of Saint Agnes Cathedral. Bishop-elect Koenig has great energy, zeal, and administrative ability. God’s people in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are receiving a true gift from the Holy Father in the person of their new shepherd.

In the name of the priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I offer heartfelt congratulations and prayers to Bishop-elect Koenig as he prepares to assume his new role in service to the Church. May the Holy Spirit guide him as a successor to the Apostles.

At this time, I also extend prayerful gratitude to Bishop Francis Malooly for his selfless service to the Diocese of Wilmington and her people for the past 13 years. May his retirement be a peaceful and healthy one.”

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia