26 January 2011

Overview: VII (IL, IN, WI) & VIII (MN, ND, SD)

Region VII (IL, IN, WI)


Chicago is the metropolitan of this province with five suffragan dioceses, namely: Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield.

The ordinaries are: Cardinal George (74), Bishop Braxton (66), Vacant, Bishop Jenky (63), Bishop Doran (74), and Bishop Paprocki (58), respectively.

Joliet is currently vacant but does have an auxiliary, Bishop Siegel (47).

The only other auxiliaries in the province are all in Chicago: Bishops Kane (68), Manz (65), Perry (62), and Rassas (68).

Although Cardinal George reaches the normal retirement age in almost exactly a year, it seems unlikely that he will retire immediately at that time.

Bishop Doran reaches the retirement age in February. He is likely to retire and have a replacement named this year.

Bishops Jenky, Kane, Manz, and Perry are all at an age and length of service where they may be considered for other roles. All except Bishop Jenky would have to be likely candidates for the vacant and soon-to-be-vacant dioceses.


This province is composed of the metropolitan, Indianapolis, and its four suffragan dioceses: Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Gary, and Lafayette.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Buechlein (72), Bishop Gettelfinger (75), Rhoades (53), Melczek (72), and Doherty (60).

There is one auxiliary in Indianapolis, Bishop Coyne (52).

Bishop Gettelfinger is likely to retire and have his replacement named this year, having reached the age limit a few months ago.

No other changes are likely until 2014 when both Archbishop Buechlein and Bishop melczek reach the normal retirement age.


This province is composed of the metropolitan, Milwaukee, and four suffragan dioceses: Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, and Superior.

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Listecki (61), Bishop Ricken (58), Bishop Callahan (60), Bishop Morlino (64), and Bishop Christensen (58), respectively.

There is one auxiliary in Green Bay, Bishop Morneau (72).

Bishop Morlino is at an age and length of service that makes him likely to be considered for other roles.

No other changes seem likely in the next year or two.

Region VIII (MN, ND, SD)


St. Paul and Minneapolis is the metropolitan with nine suffragan dioceses, namely: Bismarck (ND), Crookston (MN), Duluth (MN), Fargo (ND), New Ulm (MN), Rapid City (SD), St. Cloud (MN), Sioux Falls (SD), and Winona (MN).

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Nienstedt (63), Bishop Zipfel (75), Bishop Hoeppner (61), Bishop Sirba (50), Bishop LeVoir (64), Vacant, Bishop Kinney (73), Bishop Swain (67), and Bishop Quinn (65).

There is one auxiliary in St. Paul and Minneapolis: Bishop Piché (52).

Archbishop Nienstedt will celebrate 15 years as a bishop this year.

Bishop Aquila reaches the 10 year mark as a bishop as well.

Bishop Kinney will celebrate 35 years as a bishop this Fall.

Bishop Zipfel, having reached the normal retirement age last year, will likely retire and have his replacement named this year.

Rapid City is also likely to have its new bishop named soon.

Bishop Aquila is at an age and length of service that makes him likely to be considered for other roles.
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