The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington celebrated the ordination and installation of Bishop John C. Iffert as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Covington. The ceremony took place Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption.
Nearly 800 people were expected at the ceremony in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption, including bishops, members of the clergy, religious and lay faithful. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville was the principal consecrator of Bishop-elect of Iffert.
Most Reverend Roger Foys, who is the tenth bishop of Covington, and Most Reverend Michael McGovern of Belleville were co-consecrators.
Bishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio (representative of the Pope) in the United States, wit took ordination and installation. Archbishop Kurtz delivered the homily.
Music was provided by the Bishop’s Choir of the Cathedral Basilica, led by Dr Gregory Schaffer, principal organist and conductor.
âTogether we will implore God’s mercy on this local Church and pray that I will be sealed and transformed – consecrated – to become a shepherd after the heart and model of Jesus the Good Shepherd and his devoted apostles,â said Iffert .
Bishop Iffert succeeds Bishop Foys, who was consecrated and installed Bishop of Covington on July 15, 2002.
Bishop Iffert, 53, was Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Belleville when he was appointed Bishop of Covington on July 13, 2021. He is originally from DuQuoin, Illinois and was ordained a priest on June 7. , 1997.
Bishop Iffert served as parish priest and in several diocesan positions and councils for the diocese of Belleville, including the fairground vicar first of the East and then of the center-north vicariate; co-vicar of priests; the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the Priests’ Staff Commission, the Diocesan Financial Council, the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Commission, and the Camp Ondessonk Board of Directors.
Bishop Iffert’s family includes his parents, John and Mary Iffert, and two sisters, Kim and Kathy.