21 December 2009

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 (74) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He will celebrate 25 years as a bishop in September. He reaches the normal retirement age in April, but since he is a cardinal, he may will serve another year or two.

The archdiocese has four active auxiliaries: Bishop Robert Patrick Maginnis (76), Bishop Joseph Patrick McFadden (62), Bishop Timothy Christian Senior (49), and Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas (50). The retirement of Bishop Maginnis could occur at any time, but certainly within the next year.

The Diocese of Allentown is led by Bishop John Oliver Barres (49). He celebrated 20 years as a priest last September.

Bishop Joseph Victor Adamec (74) is the head of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He will celebrate 50 years as a priest in July and reaches the normal retirement age the following month. His retirement and the naming a replacement is also likely in the coming year.

The Diocese of Erie is headed by Bishop Donald Walter Trautman (73). He will celebrate 25 years as a bishop in April.

Bishop Lawrence Eugene Brandt (70) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Greensburg. He celebrated 40 years as a priest a few days ago.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is currently vacant. It will likely receive its new bishop in the coming year.

Bishop David Allen Zubik (60) is the head of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. There are currently no active auxiliary bishops - that may well change in the coming year.

The Diocese of Scranton is currently vacant. It will likely receive its new bishop in the coming year.

This province is likely to see quite a number of changes in the coming year - and even more over the next several years. There are already 2 vacancies plus 3 ordinaries will reach the normal retirement age rather soon.
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