Bishop Appointments

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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

Inside the Vatican's synod hall on Oct. 14, 2015.

Detroit, Orange County get new auxiliary bishops from Pope Francis

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, it was announced that Pope Francis has named two local priests as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of... Read more

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

Dioceses of Anchorage, Arlington get new bishops

Oct 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has tapped two active bishops to head new dioceses, naming Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne as the... Read more

Iceland church.

Iceland's new bishop inherits a turbulent, fascinating Catholic history

Sep 19, 2015

By Mary Farrow

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. David Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland. Read more

Rev. Mario Dorsonville, bishop-designate of Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis reaches to Catholic Charities to tap new DC bishop

Mar 20, 2015

By Matt Hadro

With a background in Hispanic ministry and service at Catholic Charities, the newly announced auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C. hopes... Read more

Chicago Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich.

Next Chicago archbishop aims to nourish faith

Sep 20, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Chicago’s Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich introduced himself to his new city on Saturday, downplaying political interpretations of his appointment and stressing... Read more

Offical graphic from the 2008 episcopal consecration of Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham, who was recently appointed Bishop of My Tho. Photo courtesy of Bishop Nguyen.

Vietnamese bishop joyful to lead, evangelize new flock

Aug 4, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The newly appointed Bishop of My Tho, Peter Nguyen Van Kham, has voiced enthusiasm for evangelizing and forming the faithful... Read more

  (L-R) Bishop-designate Michael Sis (Photo

Pope names two new bishops for Mississippi and Texas

Dec 12, 2013

Pope Francis has named two U.S. priests as the next bishops of the Dioceses of Jackson, Miss. and San Angelo,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013.

Choose bishops carefully, Pope advises diplomats

Jun 21, 2013

During a gathering organized for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis asked his ambassadors to be careful in helping to... Read more