25 February 2008

Overview: Province of N California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah

This province is composed of the metropolitan, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, along with its 9 suffragan dioceses, namely: Honolulu, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada; Oakland; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Jose; Santa Rosa; and Stockton; all in the state of California unless otherwise indicated.

Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer (71) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California. He has held this post for just over 2 years. He is assisted by one Auxiliary, Bishop Wang, who turns 74 on Wednesday.

The Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii is led by Bishop Clarence Richard Silva (58). He has been in this post for two years.

Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe (65) is the head of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada. He has held this post for 6 years.

The Diocese of Oakland, California is headed by Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron (59). He has been in this role for 4 years now.

Bishop Randolph Roque Calvo (57) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. His 2nd anniversary of consecration as a bishop was just over a week ago.

The Diocese of Sacramento, California is led by Bishop William Kenneth Weigand (70) with the assistance of his coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto (52). Bishop Soto will automatically succeeded upon Bishop Weigand's resignation. Typically this transition occurs 6 to 18 months from the arrival of the coadjutor. In this case, that suggests that late this year or early next year is the likely time frame.

Bishop John Charles Wester (57) is the head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been in place for about a year.

The Diocese of San Jose in California has as its ordinary Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath (62). He has held this post for 8 years.

Bishop Daniel Francis Walsh (70) is the leader of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California. He will celebrate 45 years as a priest next month. He has been in this post for almost 8 years.

The Diocese of Stockton, California is led by Bishop Stephen Edward Blaire (66). He has been in this post for about 9 years.

Overall this province is not likely to see many changes to its hierarchy this year. The transition in Sacramento is likely this year or next. Also a couple of bishops are at an age and length of experience that they might be considered for other posts, namely Bishops McGrath and Blaire.
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