26 January 2011

Overview: IX (IA, KS, MO, NE) & X (AR, OK, TX)

Region IX (IA, KS, MO, NE)


Dubuque is the metropolitan with three suffragan dioceses: Davenport, Des Moines, and Sioux City.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Hanus (70), Bishop Amos (69), Bishop Pates (67), and Bishop Nickless (63).

It seems unlikely that there will be any changes in this province in the next few years.


The province of Kansas has Kansas City as its metropolitan with the three suffragan dioceses of Dodge City, Salina, and Wichita.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Naumann (61), Bishop Brungardt (52), Vacant, and Bishop Jackels (56).

Other than the naming of a new bishop for the vacancy in Salina, no changes are likely this year.


This province is composed of the metropolitan, Omaha, and its two suffragan dioceses: Grand Island and Lincoln.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Lucas (61), Bishop Dendinger (71), and Bishop Bruskewitz (75).

Bishop Bruskewitz is likely to retire and have his replacement named this year after he reached the normal retirement age last year.


The metropolitan is St. Louis and it has three suffragan dioceses: Jefferson City, Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop carlson (66), Bishop Gaydos (67), Bishop Finn (57), and Bishop Johnston (51).

Bishop Gaydos is at an age and length of service that he might be considered for other roles.

Otherwise, this province is unlikely to see any changes in the next few years.

Region X (AR, OK, TX)


This province is composed of the metropolitan Galveston-Houston and six suffragan dioceses, namely: Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Tyler, and Victoria.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Cardinal DiNardo (61), Bishop Vásquez (53), Bishop Guillory (67), Bishop Flores (49), Bishop Mulvey (61), Bishop Corrada del Rio (68), and Bishop Fellhauer (71).

Bishop Guillory and Corrada del Rio are both at an age and length of service where they might be considered for other roles.

No other changes seem likely in the next few years, which is probably a relief after receiving three new ordinaries in about the last year.


Oklahoma City is the metropolitan with two suffragan dioceses: Little Rock (AR) and Tulsa (OK).

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Coakley (55), Bishop Taylor (56), and Bishop Slattery (70), respectively.

It seems unlikely that there will be any changes in this province in the next several years.


This province is composed of San Antonio, the metropolitan, along with seven suffragan dioceses: Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, and San Angelo.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Garcia-Siller (54), Bishop Zurek (62), Bishop Farrell (63), Bishop Ochoa (67), Bishop Vann (59), Bishop Tamayo (61), Bishop Rodríguez (70), and Bishop Pfeifer (73).

San Antonio has one auxiliary: Bishop Cantú (44).

There are two more auxiliaries in Dallas: Bishops Deshotel (59) and Seitz (57).

Bishop Ochoa will celebrate 15 years in this role this year and 25 years as a bishop next year.

Bishops Ochoa and Tamayo are at an age and length of service that makes them likely to be considered for other roles.

The next anticipated retirement is Bishop Pfeifer who reaches the normal retirement age in 2012.
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