26 February 2008

Overview: Province of Washington (DC) and the American Virgin Islands

This province is composed of just two jurisdictions. The metropolitan is the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) and the one suffragan is the Diocese of Saint Thomas, American Virgin Islands.

Archbishop Donald William Wuerl (67) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Washington. He has been in this post for less than 2 years. He is assisted by two Auxiliary Bishops: González Valer (68) and Holley (53). The former celebrated his 6th anniversary of consecration as a bishop just over a fortnight ago.

Theodore Edgar Cardinal McCarrick is the previous ordinary of the Archdiocese. He turns 80 (and thus loses his right to vote if a conclave is required) in July 2010. If my previous speculation that the next consistory to create cardinals is held in the 2nd half of 2010, then it seems very likely that Archbishop Wuerl would receive a red hat at that time.

The Diocese of Saint Thomas has been vacant for a bit over a year now. It seems very likely to be getting a new bishop this year.

Other than a new ordinary for St. Thomas, no changes to the hierarchy seem likely in this province this year.
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