GREEN BAY — Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel J. Felton, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, to head the Diocese of Duluth, Minn. Bishop-designate Felton will be ordained a bishop and installed in the Diocese of Duluth during a Mass on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Bishop-designate Felton presently serves as the vicar general and moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Green Bay, a position he has held since July 2014.
Bishop David L. Ricken said of the appointment of Fr. Felton, “I could not be more delighted that the Holy Father has chosen to elevate Fr. Dan Felton to the episcopacy as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Bishop-designate Felton, a native of the Diocese of Green Bay, has excelled in his service to this diocese in the many positions he has held and has been a trusted advisor in his role as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. His presence, ministry and expertise will be sorely missed here, but he will bring many gifts to the faithful of the Diocese of Duluth.”
Bishop-designate Felton was born in Portsmouth, Va., on Feb. 5, 1955. He is the son of Carol and the late Ken Felton and the oldest of five children. The bishop-designate holds a bachelor of arts degree from St. Norbert College in religious studies and psychology; a master of arts in theology from St. John University, Collegeville, Minn.; a S.T.L. in dogmatic theology and a master’s degree in social communications from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Bishop-designate Felton was ordained a priest on June 13, 1981, by Bishop Aloysius Wycislo. His parish assignments have included Holy Innocents in Manitowoc, St. Raphael the Archangel in Oshkosh, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, St. Edward in Mackville, St. Nicholas in Freedom and St. Mary in Greenville. Fr. Felton was also the director of affiliate affairs for the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. He has also served as priest moderator for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Green Bay in August 2020.
When appointed by Pope Francis, the bishop-designate was a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Leadership Roundtable, Priest Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, and St. Norbert College Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.