Bishop William Leo Higi
is the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana
. He will begin his 24th year as Bishop in 2008. William Leo Higi was born in Anderson, Indiana
, August 29, 1933, and ordained a priest May 30, 1959. Appointed Secretary to Most Reverend John J. Carberry August 13, 1962, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese
on January 14, 1965 and Chancellor on June 16, 1967. Pope Paul VI
named him a Prelate of Honor
on November 16, 1976.
Appointed Vicar General of the Diocese on June 29, 1979 he was elected Administrator of the Diocese on January 26, 1984, upon the death of Bishop George A. Fulcher. He was appointed Bishop of Lafayette-in-Indiana by Pope John Paul II, and ordained and installed as Bishop of the Diocese on June 6, 1984.