26 January 2011

Overview: XI (CA, HI, NV) & XII (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Region XI (CA, HI, NV)


Los Angeles is the metropolitan with five suffragan dioceses, namely: Fresno, Monterey, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

The ordinaries are: Cardinal Mahony (74), Vacant, Bishop Garcia (63), Bishop Brown (74), Bishop Barnes (65), and Bishop Brom (72), respectively.

Los Angeles has a Coadjutor, Archbishop Gómez (59), and six active auxiliaries: Bishops Clark (64), Curry (68), Salazar (61), Solis (57), Wilkerson (71), and Zavala (59).

Orange has two auxiliaries: Bishops Flores (62) and Mai Luong (70).

San Bernardino has one auxiliary: Bishop Del Riego Jáñez (70).

Cardinal Mahony is likely to retire this Spring to be succeeded by his coadjutor, Archbishop Gómez (who also celebrates 10 years as a bishop in March).

Bishop Brown is likely to retire near the end of this year or early next year and have a replacement named.

Fresno is likely to have its new bishop named this year as well.

Bishop Clark celebrates 10 years as a bishop in March.

Bishops Clark, Curry, Solis, Wilkerson, Zavala, and Barnes are all of an age and length of service that they might be considered for other roles.


San Francisco is the metropolitan with nine suffragans, namely: Honolulu (HI), Las Vegas (NV), Oakland (CA), Reno (NV), Sacramento (CA), Salt Lake City (UT), San Jose (CA), Santa Rosa (CA), and Stockton (CA).

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Niederauer (74), Bishop Silva (61), Bishop Pepe (68), Bishop Cordileone (54), Bishop Calvo (60), Bishop Soto (55), Bishop Wester (60), Bishop McGrath (65), Bishop Walsh (73), and Bishop Blaire (69).

There are two auxiliaries, both in San Francisco: Bishops Justice (68) and McElroy (56).

Santa Rosa now has a coadjutor, Bishop Vasa (59).

Bishop Pepe celebrates 10 years as a bishop this year. Bishop Walsh well celebrate 30 years as a bishop this summer.

Bishops Pepe, McGrath, and Blaire are at an age and length of service where they might be considered for other roles.

Archbishop Niederauer will reach the normal retirement age this Summer. His retirement and the naming of a replacement is likely this year.

Bishop Walsh will hit that age in 2012 and will likely retire and be replaced by his coadjutor in that year.

Region XII (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)


The province is composed of the Archdiocese of Anchorage and its two suffragans Fairbanks and Juneau.

The ordinaries are Archbishop Schwietz (70), Bishop Kettler (66), and Bishop Burns (53), respectively.

There are no auxiliaries.

Archbishop Schwietz will celebrate 10 years in his current role in March.

It seems unlikely that there will be any changes in the next year or two with the possible exception of Bishop Kettler, who is at an age and length of service that makes him likely to be considered for other roles.


The metropolitan is Portland (OR) with its four suffragan dioceses: Baker (OR), Boise City (ID), Great Falls-Billings (MT), and Helena (MT).

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Vlazny (73), Vacant, Bishop Driscoll (71), Bishop Warfel (62), and Bishop Thomas (60).

There is one auxiliary in Portland: Bishop Steiner (74).

Bishop Steiner reaches the normal retirement age toward the end of this year and is likely to retire then or in early 2012.

The recently vacant diocese of Baker will likely receive its new bishop this year.

Bishop Warfel will celebrate 15 years as a bishop this Fall.


This province is composed of Seattle, the metropolitan, and its two suffragan dioceses: Spokane and Yakima.

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Sartain (58), Bishop Cupich (61), and Bishop Sevilla (75).

There are two auxiliaries in Seattle: Bishops Elizondo Almaguer (56) and Tyson (53).

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

No other changes seem likely in the next couple of years.
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