Bishop-elect Louis F. Kihneman was ordained to the priesthood on November 18, 1977 at the Corpus Christi Cathedral by Bishop Thomas J. Drury. He was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on February 17, 1952 and baptized at Our Lady of Wisdom parish. Bishop-elect Kihneman received his First Holy Communion at St. Andrew’s Parish in New Orleans in 1958 and was confirmed at SS Cyril and Methodius Parish in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1963. On March 26, 1977, he was ordained to the transitional diaconate and on November 18 of that same year, ordained to the priesthood.
Bishop-elect Kihneman’s first assignment in 1977 as Parochial Vicar to San Isidro Labrador Parish in Artega, Mexico was followed by Parochial Vicar Assignments to St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Robstown, Texas (1978-1980), Christ the King Parish, Corpus Christi, Texas (1980-1981), and SS Cyril and Methodius Parish, Corpus Christi (1981-1983). Bishop-elect Kihneman’s assignments as Pastor began at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, Alice, Texas (1983-1986) followed by Sacred Heart Parish, Rockport, Texas (1991-2011), and St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Corpus Christi (2014-Present).
Bishop-elect Kihneman has served the following diocesan offices: Diocesan Director of Religious Education (1978-1983); Director of Vocations (1986-1993); Director of Seminarians (1986-1993); Director of Ministry to Priests (1986-1993); Director of St. John Vianney House of Studies and Christian Leadership Vocations Program (1986-1993); Associate Vicar for Clergy (1988-1995); Tribunal Advocate (1983-1987); Chancellor (2013-2014); and Vicar General (2010-present).
Over the years, Bishop-elect Kihneman has served and continues to serve on many diocesan boards for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He was a member of the Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Deposit and Loan Board, the Priest Pension Plan Board, and was Chair of the Perpetual Benefit Endowment Fund of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
Bishop-elect Kihneman is the son of Louis Kihneman, Sr. and Bernadine Kihneman (both deceased). They were natives of Morgan City, Louisiana and raised Bishop-elect Kihneman along with his brothers, Kenneth (Donna) and David (Hilda) on the Gulf Coast from Clearwater, Florida to Corpus Christi, Texas with Pecos, Texas and Calgary, Alberta Canada in between. His family includes a nephew, several nieces, great nieces, and great-nephews.
Bishop-elect Kihneman attended the Corpus Christ Minor Seminary from 1966-1972, during which time he graduated from high school in 1970, and also attended Del Mar College from 1970-1972. He then attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas and the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 1972-1977. He received his Liberal Arts degree in 1974, Summa Cum Laude. Bishop-elect Kihneman completed a Masters of Religious Education degree in 1976 and a Masters of the Arts in Theology degree in 1977. He has taught Scripture and Liturgy in the Diocesan Pastoral Institute and the St. Paul School of Catechesis of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He is the 2011 recipient of the NCEA Distinguished Pastor Award in recognition of his outstanding support for Catholic education. Bishop-elect Kihneman has served as a priest for the Diocese of Corpus Christi for the past 39 years.