Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hierarchy update

Today it was announced that Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., who currently serves as an auxiliary bishop in Chicago, will be the next archbishop of San Antonio, Texas. He succeeds Archbishop Gomez, who was named coadjutor to Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles in April of this year. Bishop Garcia-Siller is a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, a religious order of Mexican origin founded in 1914.

With Garcia-Siller's appointment there are now three Latin Rite dioceses in the United States that are vacant: Orlando, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; Joliet in Illinois. Additionally, there are ten ordinaries serving past the canonical retirement age of 75- Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia and Archbishop Beltran of Oklahoma City, along with Bishops Boland of Savannah, GA; Smith of Trenton, NJ; Sevilla of Yakima, WA; McCormack of Manchester, NH; Adamec of Altoona-Johnstown, PA; Bruskewitz of Lincoln, NE; Galeone of St. Augustine, FL; Zipfel of Bismarck, North Dakota. Bishop Gettelfinger of Evansville, Indiana will turn 75 on 20 October. Bishop Smith of Trenton, NJ has a coadjutor in place in the person of Bishop David O'Donnell, who will succeed him once the Holy Father accepts his retirement.

Veni Sancte Spiritus, Veni per Mariam

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