The Diocese of Buffalo, located in New York State, will have a new bishop. Pope John Paul has appointed Bishop Edward U. Kmiec to the post. Until now, Bishop Kmiec was serving as the bishop of Nashville.
Bishop Kmiec is succeeding Bishop Henry Mansell was appointed archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut, in December. The see has been vacant since then.
The 68-year-old Kmiec has been serving in Nashville since December 1992. No bishop has yet been named as his immediate successor in Nashville.
Bishop Kmiec, son of Polish immigrants and a native of Trenton, New Jersey, was ordained a priest in 1961 and served as auxiliary bishop of his home town, Trenton, from 1982 until 1992 when he was appointed bishop of Nashville.