DULUTH, Minn. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth could finally have a new bishop in place next month following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and the resignation of his chosen replacement.

The Very Rev. Daniel Felton, a longtime pastor in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve the 10-county northeastern Minnesota diocese.

The 66-year-old Felton has served as vicar general and moderator of the curia in Green Bay since 2014. He was ordained a priest in the Green Bay diocese in 1981.

Felton succeeds the late Bishop Paul Sirba, who died suddenly in December 2019.

The Rev. Michel Mulloy was to be installed as the new bishop in Duluth in October, but resigned following an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Duluth diocese includes more than 44,000 Catholics and 71 parishes. Felton's installation service will be May 20.