AUSTIN -- Pope Francis has appointed a local monsignor of the Austin diocese as the new bishop of San Angelo.
Monsignor Michael Sis will be the sixth bishop of San Angelo, replacing retiring bishop Michael D Pfeifer, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II in 1985.
Bishop-elect Sis said he never expected to be named bishop or to go to San Angelo, but he has several priorities in his new placement.
"It's certainly going to be a priority for me, youth and young adults, because they have always been a big priority for me," Sis said. "I have always been energized by my work with young adults, and I see great hope in what they have to offer the world and how they energize the church."
Sis was first assigned in Hispanic ministry at Cristo Rey Parish in East Austin. He was later named vicar general and moderator of the curia in 2010.
Sis will be ordained and installed as bishop on Jan. 27.