Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hierarchy update

In his fifth U.S. episcopal appointment of the new year, the Holy Father appointed Fr. James Wall of the Diocese of Phoenix as the bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico. Bishop-elect Wall is 45 years old and was ordained a priest in 1998.

With the appointment of Wall there are now six vacant dioceses in the U.S.: Biloxi, Mississippi; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Duluth, Minnesota; Oakland, California; Owensboro, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri.

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