Loading
Bishop Deeley appointed head of Maine's Portland diocese
Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland. Credit: Archdiocese of Boston.
Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland. Credit: Archdiocese of Boston.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, who has been an auxiliary bishop of Boston for the past year, as bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which serves the state of Maine.

“As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude first to our Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility and to Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who has taught me much of what it means to be a faithful shepherd through his word and example,” Bishop Deeley said in a Dec. 18 statement.

“Kindly pray for me and for all God’s holy people that we may be what the Lord calls us to be, the community of the Church showing forth the love that God has shown us in his Son, Jesus.”

Bishop Deeley succeeds Bishop Richard Malone, who was appointed Bishop of Buffalo in May, 2012.

“We have known each other from the day we entered the seminary in September 1964,” said Bishop Malone. “While our educational journeys and ministerial assignments took us in different directions, our paths have intersected many times in these nearly 40 years we have known each other. And so it is that I can promise the people of our great Diocese of Portland that they will be pastored by a man who is, in St. Timothy's words, truly ‘strong, loving and wise’.”

Bishop Deeley, who is 67, was born in Cambridge, Mass. to Irish emigrants. Following high school, he attended minor seminary in Jamaica Plain, and later studied philosophy at Catholic University of America, where he graduated in 1968.

He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1973. He served in parishes and on the archdiocesan tribunal, serving as judicial vicar from 1989 to 1999, and served as president of the Canon Law Society of America in 2000.

Bishop Deeley worked in Rome at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2004 to 2011, when he returned to Boston as vicar general and moderator of the curia.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Boston in November, 2012, and was consecrated Jan. 4 of this year.

Cardinal Archbishop Seán O'Malley of Boston said that “Pope has blessed the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Portland” in appointing Bishop Deeley as their shepherd, affirming him in particular for his guidance of a pastoral planning initiative in the archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese of Boston will greatly miss Bishop Deeley’s leadership that follows from a deep love for the Church … the Bishop’s significant experience in the life and work of the universal Church will greatly assist the people he serves as they carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus Christ. Our prayerful congratulations are with Bishop Deeley as he goes forward to lead the Diocese of Portland.”

Bishop Deeley's Mass of Installation will be said Feb. 14, 2014, at Portland's Immaculate Conception cathedral.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
23

Liturgical Calendar

October 23, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:49-53

Gospel
Date
10/23/14
10/22/14
10/21/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 3:14-21
Gospel:: Lk 12: 49-53

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/23/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:49-53

Homily
Date
10/23/14
10/22/14
10/21/14