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Sunday, June 12, 2022

San Diego Bishop John Dolan named Bishop of Phoenix

 Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan of San Diego to become leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, replacing Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.2 days ago

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Bishop Thomas Olmsted retires as Bishop of Phoenix
On June 10, 2022, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as bishop of Phoenix

Olmsted was named the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix on November 25, 2003. He was installed on December 20, 2003, replacing Bishop Thomas O'Brien, who resigned after being arrested for his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run car accident.

In 2008, after the diocese had spent several million dollars to settle about 20 lawsuits, Olmsted led an initiative to shield diocesan assets from further sex abuse claims by incorporating local parishes individually.[6]

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Msg. Thomas W. Powers named Rector of North American College

ROME—The Congregation for Clergy in Rome has appointed the Reverend Msgr. Thomas W. Powers, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and currently vicar general of the diocese as the 24th rector of the Pontifical North American College effective July 1, 2022. The appointment of Msgr. Powers comes upon the completion of a six-year term of the current rector, the Very Reverend Peter Harman.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Bishop Felipe Estevez to retire as Bishop of St. Augustine

Pope Francis has  accepted the request for retirement from Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Rev. Erick Pohlmeier named new Bishop of St. Augustine

Rev. Erick Pohlmeier, Little Rock, has been appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Estevez as Bishop of St. Augustine

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Archbishop Charles Balvo appointed Nuncio to Australia

Charles Daniel Balvo is an American prelate of the Catholic Church who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia 17 January 2022. He has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1987 and has been a nuncio and an archbishop since 2005.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Fr. John Bonnici named Auxiliary Bishop of New York

Pope Francis has named  Father John S. Bonnici Auxiliary Bishop of New York. Fr. Bonnici is a member of the Class of 1991 from the diocese of New York.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Death of Msgr. Michael Curran
Msgr. Curran died on October 10, 2021

I am so sad to tell you that our Exec. Secretary, Msgr. Michael Curran passed away yesterday, Sunday October 10. His obituary can be found in the Alumni Directory.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bishop Dan Mueggenborg, Class 1989, named Bishop of Reno, Nevada
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mueggenborg bishop of Reno to succeed Bishop Calvo

Daniel Henry Mueggenborg is an American prelate of the Catholic Church and who serves as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle. On July 20, 2021 he was appointed bishop of Reno.

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