23 January 2008

Overview: Province of Pennsylvania

This province is composed of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the metropolitan, and 7 suffragan Dioceses: Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton; all in the state of Pennsylvania.

Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali (72) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is assisted by 4 active Auxiliary Bishops. One of them (Maginnis) will reach the normal retirement age late this year. The other three are fairly new (less than 4 years as Auxiliaries).

The Diocese of Allentown is led by Bishop Edward Peter Cullen who turns 75 in March. He might retire and have his replacement named this year, but with the current backlog - it might not happen until next year.

Bishop Joseph Victor Adamec (72) is the head of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He has been serving in that role for over 20 years.

The Diocese of Erie is headed by Bishop Donald Walter Trautman (71). He has been serving as a bishop for 22 years, the last 17 in this office.

Bishop Lawrence Eugene Brandt (68) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Greensburg. He celebrated 38 years as a priest last month.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is led by Bishop Kevin Carl Rhoades (50). He has been serving as a bishop a little over 3 years.

Bishop David Allen Zubik (58) is the head of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was named to that role last year. He is assisted by an Auxiliary who will celebrate his 3rd anniversary of consecration as a bishop in February.

The Diocese of Scranton is led by Bishop Joseph Francis Martino (61). He has been in that office for 4 years. He is assisted by an Auxiliary (Bishop Dougherty) who is already passed the normal retirement age of 75.

Overall the province is likely to see only one new ordinary this year. In 5 years its a different story. Several will retire and several more will be candidates for other offices.
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