26 January 2011

Overview: V (AL, KY, LA, MS, TN) & VI (OH, MI)

Region V (AL, KY, LA, MS, TN)


This province is composed of Louisville (KY), the metropolitan, and six suffragan dioceses: Covington (KY), Knoxville (TN), Lexington (KY), Memphis (TN), Nashville (TN), and Owensboro (KY).

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Kurtz (64), Bishop Foys (65), Bishop Stika (53), Bishop Gainer (63), Bishop Steib (70), Bishop Choby (64), and Bishop Medley (58).

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

No other changes seem likely in the next few years.


Mobile is the metropolitan along with 3 suffragan dioceses, namely: Biloxi (MS), Birmingham (AL), and Jackson (MI).

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Rodi (61), Bishop Morin (69), Bishop Baker (66), and Bishop Latino (73).

Archbishop Rodi will celebrate 10 years as a bishop in July.

No changes seem likely until Bishop Latino reaches the normal retirement age in October 2012.


New Orleans is the metropolitan with six suffragan dioceses, namely: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Aymond (61), Bishop Herzog (68), Bishop Muench (68), Bishop Jacobs (72), Bishop Jarrell (70), Bishop Provost (61), and Bishop Duca (58).

There is one auxiliary in New Orleans: Bishop Fabre (47).

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

Overall, it seems unlikely this province will see any changes in the next year or two.

Region VI (OH, MI)


Cincinnati is the metropolitan of the province with 5 suffragan dioceses: Cleveland, Columbus, Steubenville, Toledo, and Youngstown.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Schnurr (62), Bishop Lennon (63), Bishop Campbell (67), Bishop Conlon (62), Bishop Blair (61), and Bishop Murry (62).

Cleveland has the only auxiliary: Bishop Gries (73).

Archbishop Schnurr celebrated 10 years as a bishop last week.

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


The province has Detroit as the metropolitan and six suffragan dioceses, namely: Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, and Saginaw.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Vigneron (62), Bishop Hebda (51), Bishop Hurley (73), Bishop Bradley (65), Bishop Boyea (59), Bishop Sample (50), and Bishop Cistone (61), respectively.

Detroit has one auxiliary: Bishop Reiss (70).

Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate 15 years as a bishop this summer.

Other than the likely retirement of Bishop Hurley in mid-2012, no other changes appear likely in this province in the next few years.
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