Thursday, April 10, 2008

US Bishop Appointments....

Last night I caught wind that a slew of bishop appointments would be announced today.

We are still waiting to hear on what many believe will be a change in leadership in Detroit as Cardinal Maida retires. He is the oldest serving archbishop in the US. Interesting changes have been noted downtown where Msgr Zenz - the Cardinal's right-hand man, has been assigned a pastorate (ok, so maybe we are reading more into this than we should....), and the Cardinal is rumored to not be scheduling any further appointments. Many are anticipating Detroit will have a new archbishop named before or during the Pope's visit to Washington, DC and New York (April 15-20th)

For now, lets look at these appointments just listed at the Vatican Press Office - Daily Bulletin, or bolletino for April 10, 2008.


Des Moines, Iowa: Bishop Richard Edmund Pates

Little Rock, Arkansas: Rev. Anthony Basil Taylor (of Sacred Heart Parish, Oklahoma)


Denver, Colorado: Msgr James Douglas Conley, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Wichita, Kansas

San Antonio, Texas: Oscar Cantú, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Houston, Texas

San Francisco, California: Rev. William J. Justice, currently the Vicar for Clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

There were some other appointments, as well at some pontifical councils.

Yesterday, Tom Peters generated these two lists:

These dioceses currently have no bishop (with date left vacant):

Little Rock AR - 2006 May
Virgin Islands (US) - 2007 Jan
Des Moines IA - 2007 Apr
New Ulm MN - 2007 Apr
Knoxville TN - 2007 Jun
Green Bay - 2007 Jul
Charleston SC - 2007 Aug
Juneau AK - 2007 Nov
Biloxi MS - 2008 Apr

These dioceses currently have a bishop serving past his mandatory age of retirement (75):

Detroit MI - 2005 Mar (Abp. Adam Maida)
New York NY - 2007 Apr (Abp. Edward Egan)
Omaha NE - 2007 Jun
Syracuse NY - 2007 Jul
Kalamazoo MI - 2007 Jul
Fort Wayne-South Bend IN - 2007 Aug
New Orleans LA - 2007 Dec
Wilmington DE - 2008 Jan
Allentown PA - 2008 Mar
Pueblo CO -2008 Mar

I have to get off to work. Other blogs to read for additional news on these....

American Papist - Tom Peters

Whispers in the Loggia - Rocco Palmo


Update at 6:00pm: Rocco has more details on the bishops.

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