Msgr. David Toups, rector of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, left, congratulates Father Martin Dunne III moments after he becomes a new priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Father Dunne spent years in study, formation and discernment at the seminary in preparation for the priesthood. (LINDA REEVES | FC)

ORLANDO | With bittersweet joy, June 9, 2020 will be remembered as a monumental day in the career of Mgsr. David L. Toups, rector and president of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. Because on June 9 Pope Francis made the announcement that Msgr. Toups was appointed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas. Immediately following the pope’s message, Msgr. Toups and Bishop Curtis J. Guillory of the Diocese of Beaumont took to Facebook Live to announce the news.

“This is a very special moment, a grace moment,” Bishop Guillory said as he began his welcoming speech for Bishop-elect Toups. Bishop Guillory, 76, was appointed to head the Beaumont Diocese in 2000 by St. John Paul II, two years after the pope named him as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Bishop Guillory, one of 10 African American Catholic bishops, is the first African American bishop to head a diocese in Texas.

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