Most Reverend Robert M. Coerver, 62, was ordained a bishop November 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock and installed as the third Bishop of Lubbock.
Bishop Coerver was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas in 1980. He is a native of Dallas, raised in St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. He has served as Assistant Pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Dallas and at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Plano. For eleven years he served as Director of Spiritual Formation at Holy Trinity Seminary on the campus of the University of Dallas.
He moved into full-time diocesan ministry, serving as spirituality consultant to programs of the diocese, in July 1996. In July of 1997 he was appointed Director of the Office of Sacramental Life for the Diocese, and was named Director of Priestly Life and Ministry in 2003. In December of 2004 Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor with the title "Monsignor."
On March 16, 2005 Fr. Bob left his chancery and diocesan positions to become Pastoral Administrator and one year later Pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Rockwall, Texas. On July 26, 2010, Monsignor Coerver became Pastor of St. Rita Parish in Dallas, a position he held until being named Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Lubbock on September 27, 2016.
He holds a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University Commerce (formerly East Texas State University). He has served as a member and Chairperson of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Dallas since 2008.
His episcopal motto is Suscipe Domine, the first words of his favorite daily prayer from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola:
Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
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