- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Roman Catholics in Wyoming have a new bishop.

Pope Francis announced Thursday the appointment of The Most Reverend Steven Biegler as the ninth bishop of Cheyenne.

According to a news release, Biegler will take over the Diocese of Cheyenne on June 5.

The 57-year-old Biegler is currently pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well asthe vicar general for the Diocese of Rapid City.

Biegler is originally from Mobridge, South Dakota.

The Cheyenne Diocese has been without a bishop since last November.

Established in 1887, the Diocese of Cheyenne has over 54,000 Catholics, 37 parishes and 35 missions.

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