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Msgr. David Toups named Bishop of Beaumont

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Pope Francis has named Msgr. David Toups of Diocese of St. Petersburg as Bishop of Beaumont, TX

A priest who attended high school in Clearwater and served in two Tampa Bay area parishes has been named bishop of Beaumont, Texas, by Pope Francis, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg said.

Monsignor David Toups, 49, formerly served as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Tampa and associate pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Spring Hill. He currently serves as rector of the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, a position he’s held since 2012.

Pope Francis made the announcement Tuesday.

In a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Toups said, “As I depart for my new mission in Texas, the beautiful and indelible memories

A priest who attended high school in Clearwater and served in two Tampa Bay area parishes has been named bishop of Beaumont, Texas, by Pope Francis, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg said.

Monsignor David Toups, 49, formerly served as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Tampa and associate pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Spring Hill. He currently serves as rector of the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, a position he’s held since 2012.

Pope Francis made the announcement Tuesday.

Toups grew up in Houma, La., and moved to Clearwater with bis family when he was a teenager. He attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1989. He thought he would study to become a lawyer, but in his second year of college chose to pursue the priesthood, the diocese said on its web page.

He was ordained a priest in 1997 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg.