Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gallup, NM gets a bishop - the Rev. James S. Wall

Bishop appointments are flowing and the caliber of men being chosen by Pope Benedict XVI is impressive.

The Gallup, NM seat has been vacant since spring, when Bishop Donald Pelotte was granted retirement while on medical for injuries sustained in an apparent fall in 2007.

At 44, he will become one of the youngest bishops ever appointed, and it comes just over 10 years after his ordination in 1998.

Bishop-designate Wall hails from the Phoenix diocese where Bishop Olmsted had been serving as apostolic administrator of the Gallup diocese. He is the first priest of the Phoenix diocese to be elevated to bishop.

From the Las Cruces Sun - News

Olmsted and Wall said April 23 is under consideration for Wall to take over, and the ceremony probably will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup.

"I'm a little nervous because being appointed bishop is not something that happens every day," Wall told reporters, adding that he was "gratefully humbled to be appointed."

Wall was born in 1964 in Ganado, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. He said his parents, both teachers, moved in 1962 to Chinle, Ariz., also on the reservation.

His parents, who met at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, converted to Catholicism after coming into contact with two Franciscan priests, he said.
Olmsted alluded to that in a lighthearted introduction, saying that when Wall was conceived his parents were not Catholic, but they were when he was born. [Heheheeee]

Between 2003 and 2007, Wall was a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Bishops' Conference. He most recently has been assigned to the diocesan pastoral center in Phoenix

At the blog of Patrick Madrid, Fr. Bud Pelletier writes:

Bishop Elect Wall is warm, funny, outgoing, athletic, and one of the best 'listeners' I know. He is truly a man of the Church, faithful to the Magisterium, dedicated to the reverent celebration of Mass, and truly a priest for the People of God. I cannot say enough positive things about him, and I know the Diocese of Gallup will be lead by one of the best Bishops in the world.

Want to see the Rev. Jim Wall in action? Here he is in a send off Mass for the youth of Phoenix heading to Australia for World Youth Day.


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