Mainland American dioceses thought they had it rough with months to a few years to wait for a new bishop. The diocese of Saint Thomas, 30,000 Catholics and fifteen priests, might have fallen off the radar of the Congregation of Bishops. According to Zenit, they’ve been without a bishop for nine years. Naturally, they get a priest from a large American diocese instead of one of their own.
Did you know there’s a species of cactus called Bishop’s Miter? It would be a cool inclusion on an episcopal coat-of-arms. But probably not for a Virgin Islands diocese.
Note: DavAnnb points out the St Thomas diocese has actually had a bishop since 1999, George Vance Murry, a Jesuit, no less. I did think that nine years was exceedingly long. I did check Bishop Bevard on the Catholic-Hierarchy site, but not his new diocese. My error.