22 December 2007

A Look Ahead - 2008 in the USA Hierarchy

As the year wraps up, it seems a good time to take a look ahead at what changes in the Catholic hierarchy in the USA might be anticipated in the coming year.

First, there are 2 Cardinals currently past the normal retirement age of 75. Cardinal Egan (Archbishop of New York) turned 75 in April of this year. It seems likely that he will remain as the ordinary for another year or two. Cardinal Maida (Archbishop of Detroit), however, turns 78 in just a few months. It seems likely that he will retire and a replacement will be named in the coming year.

There are 10 other ordinaries already over 75 and another 6 that reach that age in the coming year. First, the archbishops:

  • Elden Francis Curtiss: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Harry Joseph Flynn: Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
    (Coadjutor: John Clayton Nienstedt)
  • Alfred Clifton Hughes: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oscar Hugh Lipscomb: Mobile, Alabama

Next, the bishops:

  • Manuel Batakian, I.C.P.B.: Our Lady of Nareg in New York (Armenian)
  • Edward Peter Cullen: Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • John Michael D'Arcy: Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana
  • Bernard Joseph Harrington: Winona, Minnesota
  • William Leo Higi: Lafayette in Indiana
  • John Joseph Leibrecht: Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Carl Frederick Mengeling: Lansing, Michigan
  • James Michael Moynihan: Syracuse, New York
  • James Albert Murray: Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Michael Angelo Saltarelli: Wilmington, Delaware
  • Arthur Nicholas Tafoya: Pueblo, Colorado
  • John Walter Yanta: Amarillo, Texas

In addition, there are 9 dioceses that are already vacant, namely:

  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Saint Thomas, American Virgin Islands
  • Shreveport, Louisiana

It should be expected that many if not most of those on the three lists above will receive new ordinaries in the coming year.

Over the coming weeks, I hope to do an overview of each province of the USA. You may also find the two web pages below useful (both are frequently updated):
Active Bishops Near Age Limit (USA) and Currently Vacant Dioceses (USA)
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