Friday, January 4, 2008

Hierarchy update II

In a highly unusual step, Bishop Donald Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, has been granted a year's medical leave by the Holy See. His Excellency is still recovering from injuries sustained in either an attack or an accident (it is not clear what happened) at his home last year. Further, the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gallup until Bishop Pelotte's return.

I owe a lot to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, who have loved and nurtured me over the years. Bishop Pelotte is a member of this religious order. So, please pray for his recovery, healing, and wellness, for the people of his diocese and Bishop Olmsted, who is shouldering a lot more responsibility.

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