A message from Bishop Foys
13 July 2021
It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I welcome Very Rev. John C. Iffert as my successor as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Covington. I am grateful also to our Holy Father Pope Francis for providing for the pastoral care of our Diocese by this appointment.
Bishop-elect Iffert brings a wealth of pastoral and administrative experience to his episcopal ministry having served in both parish and diocesan administration. He comes well-prepared to provide for the needs of our Diocese as a pastor with the heart of a shepherd.
In the very short time I have known Bishop-elect Iffert through our initial conversations I have come to appreciate his caring manner and his desire to do the will of God in his life. He also has a delightful sense of humor that will serve him well in his episcopal ministry.
Our new Bishop is sent in the name of Christ as a pastor to care for the portion of God’s people entrusted to him. I have no doubt that Bishop-elect Iffert will shepherd the Lord’s flock, educate the faithful as beloved in Christ, and govern the Church of God so as to help her grow — through the Gospel and the Eucharist — into one community in the Holy Spirit. (cf. Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, #158)
Bishop-elect Iffert comes to a Diocese of dedicated priests, deacons, consecrated religious and devoted lay faithful. I am confident that he will receive a warm welcome as he takes up his ministry among us. For my part, I pledge him my prayerful support and loyalty as a brother bishop and I look forward to his leadership among us.
Ad multos annos!
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington