"Local boy makes good": Gregory Aymond called back home from Austin to be the next archbishop. That makes him the first native son to head this local Church--in a diocese that's been around since it was part of "the Diocese of Louisiana and the Two Floridas" in 1793. That's right: we've had bishops from Cuba, Spain, France (lots), Belgium, Holland, Germany (several; one had even been a convert). Heavens, we even had a bishop from Napoli! But until today, no local Ordinary who was actually local. Although I might kind of count Bishop Dubourg, since he was born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), where so many New Orleans families originated (some of my ancestors among them). But really.
I e-mailed my sister, Lea, in Austin: "You need a new bishop." She texted back, "Darn. I like him."
That about sums it up.