Fr. Howze Is Appointed Pastor Of St. Anthony

On December 28, 1965, Fr. Joseph Howze became pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Asheville. Four years later St. Anthony’s was combined with St. Lawrence Church (now a minor basilica) and Rev. Howze became the first African-American pastor of that parish. In 1972, Pope Paul VI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Natchez-Jackson and in 1977 he was appointed Bishop of Biloxi.