21 December 2009

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 (73) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California. He will celebrate 15 years as a bishop in January. He reaches the normal retirement age in June 2011.

The archdiocese also has an active auxiliary bishop: Bishop William Joseph Justice (67).

The Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii is led by Bishop Clarence Richard Silva (60). He will celebrate 35 years as a priest in May.

Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe (67) is the head of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada. He celebrates 40 years as a priest in May. He is at an age and length of service that makes him more likely to be considered for other posts.

The Diocese of Oakland, California is headed by Bishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone (53).

Bishop Randolph Roque Calvo (59) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada.

The Diocese of Sacramento, California is led by Bishop Jaime Soto who turns 54 on New Year's Eve. He will celebrate 10 years as a bishop in May.

Bishop John Charles Wester (59) is the head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Diocese of San Jose in California has as its ordinary Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath (64). He celebrated 20 years as a bishop last January and will celebrate 40 years as a priest next June.

Bishop Daniel Francis Walsh (72) is the leader of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.

The Diocese of Stockton, California is led by Bishop Stephen Edward Blaire who turns 68 tomorrow. He will celebrate 20 years as a bishop in May.

After several changes in the last several years, this province is likely to be stable in the short term. In a year and a half, Archbishop Niederauer reaches the normal retirement age. The following year Bishop Walsh does the same.
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