02 January 2012

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 (65), Bishop Foys (66), Bishop Stika (54), Bishop Gainer (64), Bishop Steib (71), Bishop Choby (64), and Bishop Medley (59).

Bishop Foys will celebrate 10 years as a bishop in July. Bishop Gainer will mark the same in January 2013.

Bishops Foys, Gainer, and perhaps Choby 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 (62), Bishop Morin (70), Bishop Baker (67), and Bishop Latino (74).

Bishop Latino reaches the normal retirement age in October and will celebrate 10 years as a bishop in March 2013.


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 (62), Bishop Herzog (69), Bishop Muench (69), Bishop Jacobs (73), Bishop Jarrell (71), Bishop Provost (62), and Bishop Duca (59).

There is one auxiliary in New Orleans: Bishop Fabre (48).

Bishops Herzog and Muench are at an age and length of service where they might be considered for other roles.

The next likely change will be the retirement of Bishop Jacobs after he reaches the normal retirement age in March 2013.

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 (63), Bishop Lennon (64), Bishop Campbell (68), Vacant, Bishop Blair (62), and Bishop Murry (63).

Cincinnati and Cleveland each have an auxiliary: Bishops Binzer (56) and Gries (74).

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

Bishop Gries reaches the normal retirement age in March of this year.

Both Bishops Campbell 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 (63), Bishop Hebda (52), Bishop Hurley (74), Bishop Bradley (66), Bishop Boyea (60), Bishop Sample (51), and Bishop Cistone (62), respectively.

Detroit has three auxiliaries: Bishops Byrnes (53), Cepeda Escobedo (42), Hanchon (64) and Reiss (71).

Bishop Boyea will celebrate 10 years as a bishop in September.

Bishop Hurley reaches the normal retirement age in May and he is likely to retire and have his replacement named this year.

Bishop Sample is nearing an age and length of service that makes it more likely that he might be considered for other roles.
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