20 December 2009

Overview: Province of Connecticut and Rhode Island

This province is made up of the metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Hartford, and the suffragan Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich, and Providence. Everything is in the state of Connecticut with the exception of Providence which covers the state of Rhode Island.

Archbishop Henry Joseph Mansell (72) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.

The Archdiocese has two active auxiliary bishops: Bishop Christie Albert Macaluso (64) and Bishop Peter Anthony Rosazza, who turns 75 in February.

Bishop Macaluso is at an age and time in post that makes him likely to be considered for other appointments.

The Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut is led by Bishop William Edward Lori (58). Of his 3 predecessors, 2 were named to other posts - a fate which may befall Bishop Lori as well. If so, the next year or two would be a likely time for it to occur.

Bishop Michael Richard Cote (60) is the leader of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. He has been in place for almost 7 years. He may also become a candidate for other dioceses.

The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island is headed by Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin (61). He is assisted by an auxiliary bishop: Bishop Robert Charles Evans (62) who was consecrated a bishop last week.

In this province, the only obvious upcoming change is the likely retirement of Bishop Rosazza. But there are several other bishops that are likely candidates for other posts.
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