30 December 2007

Overview: Province of S California

This province is composed of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (the metropolitan) and its five suffragan Dioceses: Fresno, Monterey, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego; all in the state of California.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is led by Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony (71). He has been in this post for 22 years. There are currently 6 active auxiliaries for the Archdiocese. They range in age from 54 to 68 and there time as a bishop ranges from 3 years to almost 14. Only two seem to be in the right range for a possible appointment to another post, Clark and Wilkerson.

Bishop John Thomas Steinbock (70) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Fresno. He has been in that post for 16 years. No change seems likely here before his retirement - which is still several years away.

The Diocese of Monterey in California is headed by Bishop Richard John Garcia (60). He has been in place just about a year.

Bishop Tod David Brown (71) is the Bishop of Orange in California. He has held that post 9 years. The Diocese also has an auxiliary who has been in place for 4 years. In a few more years, he may well be a candidate for another post.

The Diocese of San Bernardino has as its ordinary Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes (62). He celebrated his 32nd anniversary of priestly ordination about 10 days ago. The Diocese also has a fairly new auxiliary (2 years).

Bishop Robert Henry Brom (69) is the leader of the Diocese of San Diego. The Diocese also has an auxiliary that has been in place for 5 years.

Overall, this province is not likely to see any changes to the hierarchy in the coming year or two. But in about 5 years, you will have the metropolitan and 3 of the 5 suffragan Bishops at (or very near) the retirement age.
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