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Bishop Andrew Cozzens
Bishop of Crookston

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, STD, has served as Bishop of Crookston since 2021. Previously, Cozzens served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a position he had held since 2013.

Bishop Cozzens was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, he served as a missionary with NET Ministries and worked with St. Paul's Outreach before entering seminary formation at the Saint Paul Seminary. Bishop Cozzens was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1997.

Bishop Cozzens earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2002 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 2008. In addition to serving in parishes in the Archdiocese, Cozzens served as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary until he was appointed as auxiliary bishop by Pope Francis in 2013.

Bishop Cozzens took his episcopal motto from a prayer by St. Louis de Monfort, "Praebe Nobis Cor Tuum," "Give us your heart."

Published Pieces

The Cross on Pensacola Beach

Finding Joy in the Cross: The Key to Abundant Life

The key to happiness in life is not the avoidance of suffering, but finding meaning in it, surrendering to God and embracing our cross with the words "Not my will but yours be done."

Most Rev. Andrew Cozzens
Dec 22, 2020