26 January 2011

Overview: III (NJ, PA) & IV (DC, DE, MD, VA, VI, WV)

Region III (NJ, PA)


This province is composed of the metropolitan, Newark, and its four suffragan dioceses: Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, and Trenton.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Myers (69), Bishop Galante (72), Bishop Bootkoski (70), Bishop Serratelli (66), and Bishop O'Connell (55).

Newark has four auxiliaries, Bishops Cruz (57), da Cunha (53), Donato (70), and Flesey (68).

Archbishop Myers will celebrate 10 years in that role this summer.

Bishops da Cunha and Flesey are at an age and length of service where they would likely be considered for other roles.


Philadelphia is the metropolitan with seven suffragan dioceses, namely: Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.

The ordinaries are: Cardinal Rigali (75), Bishop Barres (50), Bishop Bartchak (56), Bishop Trautman (74), Bishop Brandt (71), Bishop McFadden (63), Bishop Zubik (61), and Bishop Bambera (54), respectively.

There are four auxiliaries, all in Philadephia: Bishops Fitzgerald (62), McIntyre (47), Senior (50), and Thomas (51).

Cardinal Rigali turned 75, the normal retirement age, last Spring. He may retire and have his replacement named this year, or it might wait until 2012 or even 2013.

Bishop Trautman reaches that age this summer, and will likely retire and have his replacement named this year.

Except for those, no other changes seem likely for this province in the next couple of years.

Region IV (DC, DE, MD, VA, VI, WV)


Baltimore is the metropolitan of this province with the suffragans of Arlington (VA), Richmond (VA), Wheeling-Charleston (WV), and Wilmington (DE).

The ordinaries are: Archbishop O'Brien (71), Bishop Loverde (70), Bishop DiLorenzo (68), Bishop Bransfield (67), and Bishop Malooly (67), respectively.

The province has two auxiliary bishops, both for Baltimore: Bishops Madden (70) and Rozanski (52).

No changes appear likely in this province in the coming year.


The metropolitan is Washington and it has one suffragan diocese: St Thomas.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Cardinal Wuerl (70) and Bishop Bevard (64).

Washington has three active auxiliaries: Bishops González Valer (71), Holley (56) and Knestout (48).

Bishop González Valer will celebrate 10 years as a bishop this year.

No changes seem likely this year.


The military ordinariate for the USA is led by Archbishop Broglio (59) with four auxiliaries: Bishops Buckon (57), Estabrook (66), Higgins (66), and Spencer (59).

Archbishop Broglio will celebrate 10 years as a bishop this year.

No changes are likely in the next few years.
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