December 13, 2012
Monsignor Stephen J. Berg, former vicar general of the diocese, was elected Diocesan Administrator by the diocesan College of Consultors, and confirmed by Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, on Dec. 13.
“I am very pleased to accept this interim position of service. I hope with God’s grace to serve the people of the Diocese during this period of transition,” said Msgr. Berg.
According to the Code of Canon Law, a diocesan administrator temporarily maintains the functions of the diocese until a new diocesan bishop is appointed and installed. An administrator must take care to “maintain the status quo of the diocese.”
Msgr. Berg was born March 3, 1951 in Miles City, Montana, and after a career in retail, entered Assumption Seminary in 1993, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth May 15, 1999 by his uncle, Bishop Joseph Charron.
He served as parochial vicar of St. Michael Parish in Bedford 1999-2001, and St. John the Apostle Parish in North Richland Hills 2001-2002. He then served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Henrietta, St. Jerome Parish in Bowie, St. William Parish in Montague, and St. Joseph Parish in Nocona until 2008, when he was appointed vicar general of the diocese and pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in White Settlement.
In 2010, Msgr. Berg, after being pastor of St. Peter Parish, assumed the position of diocesan moderator of the curia, while remaining vicar general.
“I appreciate the confidence of the College and Consultors, and I ask for the prayers and support of all of the priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful during this time of transition,” he said.