Following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and sudden resignation of his chosen replacement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth finally expects to have its 10th bishop, coming from Green Bay, Wis.
Rev. Daniel Felton, of the Diocese of Green Bay, was announced Wednesday to become the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. His episcopal ordination and installation as bishop of Duluth have been set for May 20.
“We are grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for sending us our next bishop in this joyful Easter season,” Very Rev. James Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, said in a news release. “We look forward to getting to know Bishop-elect Felton and beginning this new chapter in our walk of faith together under his leadership as our next shepherd.”
Bishop-elect Felton, who served as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Green Bay since 2014, was born Feb. 5, 1955.
Bishop-elect Felton was ordained a priest on June 13, 1981, by Bishop Aloysius Wycislo for the Green Bay Diocese. His parish assignments have come throughout Wisconsin, including Holy Innocents in Manitowoc, St. Raphael the Archangel in Oshkosh, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc. Father Felton was also the director of affiliate affairs for the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America.
Bishop-elect Felton succeeds the late Bishop Paul Sirba, who died in December 2019.
The Rev. Michel J. Mulloy was scheduled to be ordained and installed as the 10th bishop in Duluth in October, but resigned following an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Felton is the son of Carol and the late Ken Felton and the oldest of five children and attended St. Edward School in Mackville, Wis., and Appleton West in Appleton, Wis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., in religious studies and psychology; a master’s degree in theology from St. John University, Collegeville, Minn.; and a licentiate of sacred theology and a master’s degree in social communications from the Gregorian University in Rome.
Father Felton serves as a member of the diocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Bishop Advisory Council, Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, St. Norbert Board of Trustees, and Silver Lake College Board of Directors.
He is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Diocese of Duluth serves the 10 counties of Northeastern Minnesota with more than 44,000 Catholics and 71 parishes.