“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.”
Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia