Bishop Appointments

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Bishop John P. Dolan, an auxiliary bishop of San Diego, will begin his assignment as bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix in August 2022

Pope Francis appoints San Diego auxiliary to lead Phoenix diocese

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop John P. Dolan succeeds Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks at the Holy SeePress Office, Oct. 12, 2018.

Bishop Barron expresses 'great gratitude' for his appointment to Winona-Rochester

Jun 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a Thursday press conference, Bishop Robert Barron, newly appointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, said he got on his... Read more

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier.

Pope Francis names Arkansas priest to lead Diocese of St. Augustine

May 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier succeeds 76-year-old Bishop Felipe J. Estévez. Read more

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.

Detroit’s new auxiliary is an archbishop and veteran Vatican diplomat

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell was the nuncio to Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. Read more

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

May 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost is a priest of the Cleveland diocese. Read more

Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth, England.

Pope Francis names new archbishop to lead 2 Catholic dioceses in Wales

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Mark O’Toole will oversee the Archdiocese of Cardiff and Diocese of Menevia. Read more

Bishop Louis Tylka and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

Pope Francis accepts retirement of Peoria’s Bishop Jenky on 75th birthday

Mar 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He is succeeded by coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. Read more

Bishop-elect Jacques Fabre speaks at the Eucharistic Congress in Atlanta in 2017.

Pope Francis appoints Father Jacques Fabre as new bishop of Charleston

Feb 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The 66-year-old bishop-elect was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Read more

Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho.

Pope Francis appoints new Catholic bishop of Fatima

Jan 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho succeeds 74-year-old Cardinal António Marto. Read more

Bishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick.

Pope Francis appoints new archbishops for Seoul and Nairobi

Oct 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Seoul’s new archbishop is a Discalced Carmelite. Read more

Bishop-designate James Golka will head the Colorado Springs Diocese.

Pope names new Colorado Springs bishop: a Nebraska priest 'fascinated by Jesus Christ'

Apr 30, 2021

“I invite you to become fascinated by the Lord… I can’t wait to see what he does with us.” Read more

Bishop-elect David J. Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. Courtesy photo.

Ex-chaplain to Pittsburgh Steelers named bishop of Youngstown, Ohio

Nov 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday named Pittsburgh priest Fr. David J. Bonnar the next bishop of Youngstown, Ohio.  Read more

Bishop-elect Robert J. Lombardo, CFR. Courtesy photo

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal co-founder among Chicago’s new auxiliary bishops

Sep 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Friday appointed three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago, including one of the founders of the religious... Read more

Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg, Pa,

Bishop Edward Malesic of Greensburg named to lead Cleveland diocese

Jul 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday named Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg, Pa, to lead the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio.  Read more

Bishop-elect Peter Muhich. Courtesy of the Diocese of Duluth

Pope Francis appoints Duluth priest as next Bishop of Rapid City

May 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Peter Muhich to be the next Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota.  Read more

Father Austin Vetter. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Bismarck.

Pope Francis appoints North Dakota priest to lead Diocese of Helena

Oct 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Tuesday Fr. Austin A. Vetter as the next bishop of Helena, Montana.  Read more

Fr. Joe Coffey, Fr. William Muhm. Courtesy of the Archdiocese for Military Services

Navy chaplains appointed military archdiocese auxiliary bishops

Jan 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Tuesday two Navy chaplains, Fr. Joseph Coffey and Fr. William Muhm, as auxiliary bishops for the U.S.... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Cardinal Tong says opposing Vatican-China deal is 'unreasonable'

Mar 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

Cardinal John Tong Hon has voiced support for a proposed deal on the appointment of bishops between the Vatican and... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Mexican-born priest appointed auxiliary bishop of Brownsville

Dec 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday the Vatican announced Pope Francis' appointment of Oratorian Fr. Mario Alberto Aviles as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family Oct. 8, 2015.

Dioceses of Nashville, Jefferson City get new bishops

Nov 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis' appointment of Fr. Shawn McKnight as the next bishop of the Diocese of... Read more