21 December 2009

Overview: Province of Washington (State)

The Province of the state of Washington includes the metropolitan - the Archdiocese of Seattle - and its 2 suffragan Dioceses: Spokane and Yakima.

Archbishop Alexander Joseph Brunett is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Seattle. He turns 76 in January. He is very likely to retire and have his replacement named in the coming year.

The archdiocese also has two active auxiliary bishops: Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo Almaguer, M.Sp.S. (55) and Bishop Joseph Jude Tyson (52).

The Diocese of Spokane is led by Bishop William Stephen Skylstad (75). He celebrates 50 years as a priest in May. That might be an appropriate time for his retirement to be accepted and his replacement named. Certainly it will be in the next year.

Bishop Carlos Arthur Sevilla, S.J. is the head of the Diocese of Yakima. He reaches the normal retirement age in August. Last January he celebrated 20 years as a bishop. He too is likely to retire and have his replacement named in the next year or two.

This province is the only one that is likely to see all of its ordinaries replaced in the next year or two. The two auxiliaries may be candidates, although their length of service is on the low end of the normal range.
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