The Diocese of Wilmington bishop received the Religious Leader Award from Msgr. James Vlaun, president and CEO of CFN. It was presented in Long Island, N.Y., Nov. 23 at CFN’s Excellence Luncheon at the Garden City Hotel.
“It’s great to be with all my friends from the Catholic Faith Network as well as all of the people I’ve gotten to know at the Diocese of Rockville Centre. It’s wonderful,” Bishop Koenig said in an interview at the luncheon.
Bishop Koenig was appointed in April as 10th bishop of Wilmington by Pope Francis. He was one of the leaders of the Rockville Centre church, serving as rector of St. Agnes Cathedral in the diocese. His service as rector concluded in 2020 when he was appointed vicar for clergy for the diocese. Rockville Center is the eighth largest diocese in the United States.
The bishop was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral on May 14, 1983. His first assignment as a priest was to the parish of St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset, N.Y.
He was ordained a bishop and installed in Wilmington in July.