Father Andrew H. Cozzens, who graduated from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan., in 1991, was recently named auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis by Pope Francis, the College announced last week.
According to the College, Fr. Cozzens is the twelfth Benedictine College alumnus to be named a bishop in the history of the institution and the fifth since the year 2000.
College president Stephen Minnis said of the appointment, "We are very excited to have another Raven bishop. It shows that the Benedictine College education is truly forming Catholics at the service of the Church. This is why we are called the Flagship College of the New Evangelization."
In a 1990 Circuit, Cozzens reflected on the faith life at Benedictine College:
“The Eucharist is truly a community event, especially at Benedictine where students know each other so well,” Cozzens wrote. “At the Mass, friends join together truly united; united by faith.”
Benedictine College chaplain Father Brendan Rolling remembered him fondly. "He was an amazing leader and friend as a student. He was a student editor of the school paper, a founding officer of Ravens Respect Life and a resident assistant of St. Joseph Hall," he said. "His efforts in Net and SPO strengthened the presence of these movements at Benedictine College."
Other alumnus-bishops include: Bishop John B. Brungardt of Dodge City; Bishop Henry Tihen of Lincoln and Denver; Bishop Thomas Francis Lillis of Leavenworth; Bishop Harry Anselm Clinch of Monterey; Bishop Thomas Joseph Drury of San Angelo and Corpus Christi; Bishop Ignatius J. Strecker of Kansas City; Bishop John Joseph Sullivan of Grand Island and Kansas City-St. Joseph; Bishop Matthias Schmidt of Jatai, Brazil, and Rui Barbaso, Brazil; Bishop Herbert Hermes of the Prelacy of Cristalandia, Brazil; and Bishop Denis James Madden of Baltimore.
Benedictine College is recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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