Pope Francis named Monsignor Michael Olson the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on Tuesday.
Bishop-elect Olson will be ordained on January 29, 2014 at Mass at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Olson succeeds Bishop Kevin Vann, who was appointed Bishop of Orange, California in September 2012.
Olson is currently a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth and the rector of Irving-based Holy Trinity Seminary.
“I am very humbled and deeply moved by Pope Francis’ appointment of me to serve as the Bishop of Fort Worth,” Bishop-elect Olson said. “In a very special way, I am delighted to return home to the Diocese of Fort Worth to serve the priests, deacons, religious, and all of the faithful as their bishop.”
When ordained, Olson, 47, will become the second youngest bishop to lead a diocese in the United States.
Olson is a graduate of the St. Mary Seminary in Houston. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth in 1994.