Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hierarchy update

Yesterday, the Holy Father appointed 63 year-old Msgr. Robert Guglielmone, rector of St. Agnes Cathedral of the Diocese of Rockville Center, the diocese for Long Island, New York, as the bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, which has been vacant since His Excellency, Bishop Robert Baker, was transferred to the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama in August 2007.

With this, the Holy See's fourth appointment already this year, there are now seven sede vacante dioceses in the U.S.: Biloxi, Mississippi; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Duluth, Minnesota; Gallup, New Mexico; Oakland, California; Owensboro, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri.

While on the subject of bishops, it is important to note that today, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, marks the fourteenth anniversary of the episcopal ordination of His Excellency, Archbishop George Niederauer, which took place in The Cathedral of the Madeleine. It was five years ago yesterday that I was ordained a deacon by then-Bishop Niederauer, also in The Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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