02 January 2012

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 (71), Bishop Amos (70), Bishop Pates (68), and Bishop Nickless (64).

Archbishop Hanus will celebrate 25 years as a bishop in August.

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 (62), Bishop Brungardt (53), Vacant, and Bishop Jackels (57).

The diocese of Salina will likely get its new bishop early this year.

Archbishop Naumann has reached an age and length of service that makes him likely to be considered for other roles. (But, as he is my ordinary, I would hate to see him go :-)


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

The ordinaries are, respectively: Archbishop Lucas (62), Bishop Dendinger (72), and Bishop Bruskewitz (76).

Bishop Bruskewitz is likely to retire and have his replacement named this year. He will also celebrate 20 years as a bishop in May.


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 (67), Bishop Gaydos (68), Bishop Finn (58), and Bishop Johnston (52).

There is one auxiliary in St. Louis: Bishop Rice (51).

Bishop Gaydos will celebrate 15 years as a bishop in August.

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 (62), Bishop Vásquez (54), Bishop Guillory (68), Bishop Flores (50), Bishop Mulvey (62), Vacant, and Bishop Fellhauer (72).

Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate 15 years as a bishop in October. Bishop Guillory will celebrate 25 years as a bishop in February 2013.

The diocese of Tyler will likely receive its new bishop this year.

No other changes seem likely in the next few years with the possible exception of a new auxiliary or two for Galveston-Houston.


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

The ordinaries are: Archbishop Coakley (56), Bishop Taylor (57), and Bishop Slattery (71), 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 (55), Bishop Zurek (63), Bishop Farrell (64), Vacant, Bishop Vann (60), Bishop Tamayo (62), Bishop Rodríguez (71), and Bishop Pfeifer (74).

San Antonio has one auxiliary: Bishop Cantú (45).

There are two more auxiliaries in Dallas: Bishops Deshotel (59) and Seitz (57). Both have birthdays in the next 2 weeks.

The diocese of El Paso is likely to get its new bishop this year.

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

The next anticipated retirement is Bishop Pfeifer who reaches the normal retirement age in May. His replacement is likely to be named this year.
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