06 January 2008

Overview: Province of New York

The province has as its metropolitan the Archdiocese of New York. It also has 7 suffragan Dioceses, all in the state of New York, namely: Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre, and Syracuse.

Edward Michael Cardinal Egan (75) serves as the Archbishop of New York. Last month he celebrated 50 years as a priest. Although he has reached the normal retirement age of 75, his retirement may be delayed beyond this year (it is quite common for Cardinals to remain as ordinary for a few extra years).

The Archdiocese also has 4 active Auxiliary Bishops. Two have been in their posts for 6 years, Iriondo (69) and Lagonegro (64). The other two for 3 years, Sullivan (62) and Walsh (65). Of the group, Lagonegro seems the most likely to be considered for another post this year.

The Diocese of Albany is led by Bishop Howard James Hubbard (69). Last year he celebrated 30 years as a bishop.

Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (63) is the head of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He has been in that post for 4 years. The Diocese also has 4 Auxiliary Bishops (Caggiano, Catanello, Cisneros, and Sansaricq). No change is likely in this diocese this year.

The Diocese of Buffalo is headed by Bishop Edward Urban Kmiec (71). He celebrated 25 years as a bishop last year. He is assisted by Auxiliary Bishop Grosz (62) who may be considered a candidate for another post this year.

Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham (64) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He has been serving in this post for 3 years.

The Diocese of Rochester is led by Bishop Matthew Harvey Clark (70). He celebrated 45 years as a priest last month.

Bishop William Francis Murphy (67) is the head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Last month he celebrated 12 years as a bishop and 43 as a priest. He has been serving in this post for 6 years. The Diocese also has 3 active Auxiliary Bishops. Two, Dunne and Walsh are 70. The third, named just last year, is 56 (Libasci).

The Diocese of Syracuse has as its ordinary Bishop James Michael Moynihan who turned 75 last year. He celebrated 50 years as a priest last month. He is likely to retire and have a replacement named later this year.

Only two of the ordinaries in this province are currently over the normal retirement age of 75 - in both cases reaching that age last year. They may retire and receive replacements this year, but it may well be next year before that happens.
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