SIOUX FALLS — The Rev. Donald DeGrood was appointed by Pope Francis Thursday to be bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Until now, DeGrood has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, most recently serving as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Savage, Minnesota. He will succeed Bishop Paul Swain, who submitted his resignation, as per canon law upon reaching the age of 75 in September 2018.

DeGrood, 54, will be ordained a bishop and installed on February 13. Swain will be the apostolic administrator of the diocese until DeGrood is ordained and installed.

DeGrood, who grew up near Faribault, Minnesota, graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in philosophy in 1987 and worked for several years in the business world, first as a shoe sales representative and manager, then for Land O’ Lakes as a feed specialist, but continued to be drawn to the idea of becoming a priest. He entered the St. Paul Seminary in 1993, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

His experience includes service as a pastor and vicar with Twin Cities metro parishes, and the Sioux Falls Diocese said Thursday DeGrood has "proved himself to be a capable and generous pastor but also an excellent mentor for the newly ordained who were appointed his parochial vicars."

The Sioux Falls Diocese includes all of eastern South Dakota and includes more than 120,000 members in 130-plus parishes.