After a six month search, the diocese of Austin has a new bishop.
Pope Benedict XVI has named Joe Vásquez as the Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, which serves the Brazos Valley.
Bishop Vásquez will be the fifth bishop of Austin and the first Mexican-American to lead the diocese.
He succeeds Bishop Gregory Aymond who now serves as Archbishop in New Orleans.
Bishop Vásquez was born July 9, 1957 in Stamford, Texas and previously served as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
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