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  1. 1 The Holy Father has appointed Angelicum alumnus as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Center, United States of America
    1. 1.1 The Pope has appointed Angelicum alumnus as bishop of the eparchy of Saint Gregory of Narek in Buenos Aires of the Armenians, Argentina, and exarch for Latin America and Mexico of the Armenians, and Brazil
    2. 1.2 Pope Francis names Angelicum Alumnus as a Bishop of Salina, Kansas
    3. 1.3 Angelicum alumnus appointed as Archbishop of Mendoza, Argentina
    4. 1.4 Angelicum alumnus and Papal Almoner to be created Cardinal
  2. 2 Angelicum Vatican opens cause for sainthood of Angelicum alumnus
  3. 3 VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has given its permission for the opening of the sainthood cause of an Iraqi priest and three deacons who were murdered by armed gunmen in Mosul.
  4. 4 The Congregation for Saints' Causes gave the "nihil obstat" ("no objection"), permitting a diocesan bishop to open a local inquiry into a candidate's sanctity, according to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, May 14.Fides confirmed that the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit would be handling the process because of the difficult conditions facing the church in Mosul.Chaldean Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, his cousin Deacon Basman Yousef Daud, and Deacons Wahid Hanna Isho and Gassan Isam Bidawed were killed June 3, 2007, in front of the Holy Spirit Church in Mosul. Father Ganni had just finished celebrating Mass for the feast of Pentecost. The three deacons had been accompanying Father Ganni because of increasing threats against him by militants. According to AsiaNews, armed gunman shot the four men and then booby-trapped their car with explosives to prevent others from safely recovering the bodies.Father Ganni was born in Mosul in 1972. He graduated in engineering and studied theology from 1996 to 2003 at Rome's Pontifical Irish College and the Pontifical University of Thomas Aquinas the "Angelicum," where he received a license in ecumenical theology.
  5. 5 Angelicum alumnus and professor appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco (California)
  6. 6 Angelicum alumnus appointed as Bishop of Kabankalan (Philippines)
  7. 7 The Rev. Mons. Louie Patalinghug Galbines was born in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental, in the diocese of Bacolod, on November 18, 1966. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, continuing successively in Rome, at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, where he obtained a Licentiate and Doctorate in S. Theology (1997-2001).
  8. 8 He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.Later he was: Vice-Dean and Spiritual Director at Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City (1994); Chancellor and Secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod (1994-1996).After returning to his homeland, after his studies in Rome, he served as: Treasurer and Collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); Vice-President and then President of the Diocesan Commission for the Clergy, as well as Parochial Vicar in St. Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012). In 2012 he became Rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, Vicar General of that diocese.
  9. 9 Angelicum alumnus appointed as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India
  10. 10 Rev. John Nellikunnel was appointed by H.H. Pope Francis as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India, upon the resignation of H.E. Msgr. Mathew Anikuzhikattil.Rev. John Nellikunnel was born on 22 March 1973 in Kadaplamattom, in the Eparchy of Palai. After attending Saint Joseph’s minor seminary in Kothamangalam, he took the institutional courses in philosophy and theology at the Saint Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. He was ordained a priest on 30 December 1998, and he then exercised his ministry in various parishes. He was sent to Rome for higher studies, obtaining a licentiate and doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas. Returning home, he held the following offices: eparchial chancellor, secretary to the bishop, director of catechesis and the biblical apostolate, and professor and subsequently dean of the faculty of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha.
  11. 11 Angelicum alumnus appointed for Canada’s Chaldean eparchy
  12. 12 Angelicum Alumnus appointed Bishop of Joinville, Brazil
  13. 13 The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Joinville, Brazil, His Excellency Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach, transferring him from the diocese of São José dos Pinhais. "Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach was born on 4 May 1954 in Ponta Grossa, in the homonymous dioceses in the state of Parana. In the metropolitan see of Curitiba he completed his studies in philosophy at the Rainha dos Apostolos major seminary (1972-1973) and theology at the Studium Theologicum (1974-1977). He then obtained a licentiate in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (1985-1987).On 3 December 1977 he was ordained a priest and incardinated in the diocese of Ponta Grossa. During his priestly ministry he has held the following positions: parish priest of São Jorge in Ponta Grossa; bursar, professor and rector of the minor seminary; diocesan pastoral coordinator; parish vicar of the Sant’Ana Cathedral and the parish of São Sebastião ; professor at the Mater Ecclesiae Institute of Philosophy and Theology (IFITEME); diocesan judge auditor; rector of the major seminary; diocesan treasurer; director of the Sant'Ana diocesan radio; member of the presbyteral council and the College of Consulters; diocesan administrator; and vicar general.On 27 July 2005 he was appointed as bishop of Toledo and received episcopal ordination on 27 October. On 3 October 2012 he was transferred to the diocese of São José dos Pinhais.Within the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops he is currently member of the Commission for the Ecclesiastical Courts of Appeals and the Secretary of the Sul 2 Regional Bishops’ Council (State of Parana).Angelicum alumnus appointed Bishop of Cheyenne, U.S.A.
  14. 14 Msgr. Daniel Miehm Appointed as Bishop of Peterborough, Canada
  15. 15 Décès de fr: Claude Geffré, OP; théologien de la rencontre des religions
    1. 15.1 Pionnier du dialogue interreligieux
    2. 15.2 « Un prédicateur de talent et un grand priant »
  16. 16 Holy Father appoints Angelicum alumnus and Dominican Friar to the Archdioceses of Tirane-Durres (Albania)
  17. 17 Click here for Fr. Thomas Rosica, OSB's interview of Archbishop George Frendo, O.P. new Archbishop of Tirane-Durres (Albania).
  18. 18 POPE APPOINTS BISHOP KEVIN FARRELL OF DALLAS, TEX., TO HEAD NEW VATICAN DEPARTMENT FOR LAITY, FAMILY AND LIFE
  19. 19 NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
  20. 20 BEATIFIED ALUMNUS WAS SUCCESSOR OF ST. JOSEMARÍA ESCRIVÁ
  21. 21 APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR WITH EPISCOPAL CHARACTER
  22. 22 A "MISSIONARY" MONK
  23. 23 ANGELICUM ALUMNUS TO BE BEATIFIED
  24. 24 HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV SHEVCHUK, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH
  25. 25 EX-ALUNNO NOMINATO VESCOVO DI RECONQUISTA, ARGENTINA
  26. 26 ANGELICUM ALUMNUS AND FOUNDER OF PRIESTLY FRATERNITY NAMED NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP OF ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS
  27. 27 CHANCELLOR OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
  28. 28 ALUMNUS HONORED FOR HIS STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
  29. 29 MONSIGNOR JOHN THOMAS FOLDA
  30. 30 THE MOST REVEREND ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE
  31. 31 REV. MSGR. RICHARD HENNING
  32. 32 SUCCESSOR OF THE APOSTOLIC SEE OF ST. THOMAS IN INDIA, MALANKARA METROPOLITAN, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP-CATHOLICOS OF THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF TRIVANDRUM AND ANGELICUM ALUMNUS HIS BEATITUDE MORAN MOR BASELIOS CLEEMIS.
  33. 33 BISHOP KEVIN WILLIAM VANN
  34. 34 H.E. JORGE CARDINAL MEJIA, ONE OF THE LAST CLASSMATES OF THE BL. JOHN PAUL II
  35. 35 MSGR. TODD J. LAJINESSNEW RECTOR/PRESIDENT OF SACRED HEART MAJOR SEMINARY IN DETROIT (USA)
  36. 36 DAME DONNA ORSUTOCO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF THE LAY CENTRE AT FOYER UNITAS
  37. 37 ANGELICUM ALUMNUS SERVING AS MISSIONARY IN JAMAICA
  38. 38 HIS EXCELLENCY TIMOTHY M. DOLANARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK
  39. 39 HIS EMINENCE DONALD CARDINAL WUERL ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON

The Holy Father has appointed Angelicum alumnus as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Center, United States of America


The Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Center, United States of America, Msgr. Richard G. Henning, of the clergy of the same diocese, currently rector of the “Seminary of the Immaculate Conception”, director of the “Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of clergy” in Huntington, New York, and episcopal vicar for the Central Vicariate of the diocese, assigning him the titular see of Tabla.

Msgr. Richard G. Henning was born on 17 October 1964 in Rockville Center, in the homonymous diocese. He attended “Chaminade Catholic High School” in Mineola (1978-1982) and obtained a bachelor’s degree (1986) and a master of arts (1988) in history from “Saint John’s University” in Queens, New York. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the “Seminary of the Immaculate Conception” in Huntington (1988-1992). He later obtained a licentiate in biblical theology from the “Catholic University of America” in Washington (2000) and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Angelicum in Rome (2007). He received certification in online education from the Catholic Distance Learning Network in 2009.

He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Rockville Center on 30 May 1992.
After ordination, he was vicar of the “Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish” in Port Washington (1992-1997) and during his theological studies (1997-2002) he served as a priest in the “Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish” in Wyandanch (1997), at the “Cathedral of Saint Thomas More” in Arlington, Virginia (1997-1999) and at the “Saint Patrick Parish” in Washington, DC (2000). He held various positions at the “Seminary of the Immaculate Conception” in Huntington: associate professor and then professor of Sacred Scripture, and formator (2002-2012). During that time he held the weekly ministry at the “Saint Patrick Parish” in Bay Shore (since 2002), the “Saint Mary Parish” in Roslyn (2002-2016) and the “Saint Matthew Parish” in Dix Hills (2008-2010). He is director of “Our Lady of the Magnificat” at Ocean Beach (from 2015). He was a member of the presbyteral council (2013-2016).

In 2012 he was appointed as rector of the “Immaculate Conception Seminary” and director of the “Sacred Heart Institute for the Risen Education of Clergy” in Huntington. Since 2010 he has been coordinator of the “Parrhesia Project” to encourage the inculturation of priests who come from all over the world to work in the United States. He is a member of the college of consultors (since 2013) and of the board of directors of “Saint Joseph’s Seminary” in Dunwoodie, Yonkers (since 2012). He is adjunct professor of the Dunwoodie Seminary (since 2012) and episcopal vicar for the central vicariate of the diocese of Rockville Center (since 2017).

In 2008 he was appointed chaplain of His Holiness.

In the Episcopal Conference he was consultor of the office for the clergy, for the consecrated life and for vocations (2014-2016).

In addition to English, he knows Spanish, Italian and French.

The Pope has appointed Angelicum alumnus as bishop of the eparchy of Saint Gregory of Narek in Buenos Aires of the Armenians, Argentina, and exarch for Latin America and Mexico of the Armenians, and Brazil


The Pope has appointed as bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Gregory of Narek in Buenos Aires of the Armenians, Argentina, and exarch for Latin America and Mexico of the Armenians, Brazil, the Rev. Paul Hakimian, of the clergy of the same eparchy, currently parish priest of the Cathedral of Buenos Aires of the Armenians.

The Rev. Paul Hakimian was born in Cairo, Egypt, on 11 November 1953. He studied philosophy and theology in Rome, at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, as a student of the Pontifical Armenian Leonine College. He obtained his specialization in pastoral theology. He was ordained a priest on 14 August 1981. In the following years he served in various pastoral roles: deputy parish priest of Buenos Aires (1981-1984), parish priest of San Pablo (1984-1987), and again parish priest of Buenos Aires (1987-2002 ). In the years 2002-2003, he was patriarchal administrator of Iskanderiya of the Armenians, Egypt. From 2003 until the present, he is again pastor of the parish church of Saint Gregory of Narek in Buenos Aires. As well as Armenian, he speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and Arabic.

Pope Francis names Angelicum Alumnus as a Bishop of Salina, Kansas


Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Msgr. Gerald L. Vincke as a Bishop of Salina, Kansas. Monsignor Vincke is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, and currently serves as pastor of Holy Family Parish, Grand Blanc, Michigan.


The appointment was publicized today in Washington, D.C, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Monsignor Vincke was born July 9, 1964 in Saginaw, Michigan, ninth of ten children. He holds an associate degree in Journalism (1985) from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI. Monsignor Vincke also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations/Advertising from Ferris State College (1986). Monsignor Vincke also studied Philosophy at Thomas More College in Crestview, KY, 1986, and Theology at Athenaeum Seminary in Cincinnati, OH. In 1999, Rev. Msgr. Vincke received a Master of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI.

Rev. Msgr. Vincke was ordained a priest on June 12, 1999 in the Diocese of Lansing.

In 2001-2002 Msgr. Vincke attended Creighton University, Omaha, NE, (Spirituality Courses). April 2012, he attended a course on Exorcism at the Congregation for the Clergy, Rome. In 2015, he studied at Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome (STL, Spirituality).

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Anne Arbor (1999-2001); director, Bethany House Youth Retreat Center, Lansing (2001-2004); director of seminarians/vocation director, Diocese of Lansing (2003-2010); weekend ministry, St. Thomas Parish, East Lansing (2005-2010); chairman, Formation Department (for priest, deacons, laity and seminarians) at Diocese of Lansing (2006-2010); spiritual director, Pontifical North American College, Rome (2010-2015); pastor, Holy Family Parish, Grand Blanc, Michigan, 2015 to present.

Currently, Monsignor Vincke also serves on the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors. In 2012, he was named Chaplain to his Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. He was appointed a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis in 2016.

The Diocese of Salina is comprised of 26,685 square miles in the state of Kansas and has a total population of 337,072 of which 44,369 or 13 percent are Catholic.

Angelicum alumnus appointed as Archbishop of Mendoza, Argentina


The Holy Father has appointed as Archbishop of Mendoza, Argentina, H.E. Msgr.
 Marcelo Daniel Colombo, currently Bishop of La Rioja.


H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Daniel Colombo was born on 27 March 1961. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in trade and the title of a lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires, in 1982 he entered the seminary of Quilmes. He was ordained a priest on 16 December 1988, and in 1994 obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Angelicum in Rome. He has held various offices in difference parishes, in the Curia and in the seminary of Quilmes, and has been a visiting professor in the faculty of canon law of the Catholic University of Argentina and episcopal delegate at the Catholic University of La Plata. In 2004 he was appointed as pastor of the Cathedral of Quilmes.


He was appointed as bishop of Orán on 8 May 2008 and was consecrated the following 8 August. On 13 July 2013, he was transferred to the diocese of La Rioja.


In 2017, the prelate was elected as second vice president of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina. He is also a member of the Commissions for Social Pastoral Ministry, Aboriginal Pastoral Ministry, the Lay Apostolate, Family Pastoral Care and the Council for Economic Affairs.

Angelicum alumnus and Papal Almoner to be created Cardinal


On 20 May 2018, Pope Francis announced he would make Angelicum alumnus and Papal Almoner Mons. Konrad Krajewski a Cardinal on 29 June.


Krajewski was born in Łódź, Poland. In 1982 he entered the seminary of the Archdiocese of Łódź. He earned a degree in theology from the Catholic University of Lublin and was ordained a priest on 11 June 1988. After ordination, he served the diocese for two years in pastoral work.


In 1990 Krajewski continued his studies at the Liturgical Institute of St. Anselmo in Rome. On 5 March 1993, he obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy. Krajewski earned a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in 1995 with a dissertation entitled L'ordinazione episcopale nella riforma del Concilio Vaticano II ("Episcopal ordination in the reform of Vatican II"). During his stay in Rome Krajewski collaborated with the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.


He returned to his diocese in 1995 and served as master of ceremonies for the archbishop and taught liturgy at the seminary and to the Franciscans and Salesians. In 1998 he returned to Rome to work in the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. On 12 May 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him a Papal Master of Ceremonies.


On 3 August 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Papal Almoner, the formal title of which office is "Almoner of His Holiness." At the same time, he was made Titular Archbishop of Beneventum. He was consecrated on 17 September 2013 by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello with Archbishop Piero Marini and Bishop Władysław Ziólek as co-consecrators. Pope Francis attended the consecration.


Angelicum Vatican opens cause for sainthood of Angelicum alumnus

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has given its permission for the opening of the sainthood cause of an Iraqi priest and three deacons who were murdered by armed gunmen in Mosul.

The Congregation for Saints' Causes gave the "nihil obstat" ("no objection"), permitting a diocesan bishop to open a local inquiry into a candidate's sanctity, according to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, May 14.

Fides confirmed that the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit would be handling the process because of the difficult conditions facing the church in Mosul.

Chaldean Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, his cousin Deacon Basman Yousef Daud, and Deacons Wahid Hanna Isho and Gassan Isam Bidawed were killed June 3, 2007, in front of the Holy Spirit Church in Mosul. Father Ganni had just finished celebrating Mass for the feast of Pentecost. 

The three deacons had been accompanying Father Ganni because of increasing threats against him by militants. According to AsiaNews, armed gunman shot the four men and then booby-trapped their car with explosives to prevent others from safely recovering the bodies.

Father Ganni was born in Mosul in 1972. He graduated in engineering and studied theology from 1996 to 2003 at Rome's Pontifical Irish College and the Pontifical University of Thomas Aquinas the "Angelicum," where he received a license in ecumenical theology.

Angelicum alumnus and professor appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco (California)


The Rev. Robert F. Christian, O.P., was born in San Francisco, California, on 2 December 1948. He attended  “Saint Ignatius High School” in San Francisco (1962-1966) and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from the University of Santa Clara in California (1966-1968 and 1969-1970). During that time he also studied at “Gonzaga University” in Florence, Italy (1968-1969).

In 1970 he entered the Order of Preachers and completed his ecclesiastical studies at “Saint Albert College” and the “Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology” in Oakland, CA (1971-1974 and 1975-1977).

In 1974 he professed his solemn vows. He attended the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (1974-1975) and then served in an academic residence at “Saint Dominic's Parish” in San Francisco, CA (1975-1976).

He was ordained a priest for the Order of Preachers on 4 June 1976.

After ordination, he served as a professor at “Dominican College” in San Rafael (1976-1979) and then served in the parish of the “Blessed Sacrament” in Seattle, Washington (1984-1985). He obtained a licentiate (1981) and doctorate (1984) in theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome and later was a professor at the same University (1985-1997). From 1997 to 1999 he was socius, vicar and administrator of the “Western Dominican Province”, university professor at the “Graduate Theological Union” in Berkeley, California, and member of the “Clergy Education Board” of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He also served as Vice Dean of the Facaulty of Theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome (1999-2014). After a sabbatical year, in 2015 he became master of students of the “Western Dominican Province”. He served as prior of the Dominican community at the Angelicum in Rome, as well as socius and delegate for the Dominican Provincial Chapter.

He was a peritus in the Synod of Bishops on the formation to the priesthood (1990). He is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and, since 2013, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

In addition to English, he knows Italian, French, Latin and Spanish.

Angelicum alumnus appointed as Bishop of Kabankalan (Philippines)

The Rev. Mons. Louie Patalinghug Galbines was born in Aliwanag, Sagay, Negros Occidental, in the diocese of Bacolod, on November 18, 1966. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, continuing successively in Rome, at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, where he obtained a Licentiate and Doctorate in S. Theology (1997-2001).


He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Bacolod on April 29, 1994.

Later he was: Vice-Dean and Spiritual Director at Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City (1994); Chancellor and Secretary of the diocesan Curia of Bacolod (1994-1996).

After returning to his homeland, after his studies in Rome, he served as: Treasurer and Collaborator of the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines (2001-2006); Vice-President and then President of the Diocesan Commission for the Clergy, as well as Parochial Vicar in St. Sebastian parish of Bacolod City (2007-2012). In 2012 he became Rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary of Bacolod City and, in 2013, Vicar General of that diocese.

Angelicum alumnus appointed as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India

Rev. John Nellikunnel was appointed by H.H. Pope Francis as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India, upon the resignation of H.E. Msgr. Mathew Anikuzhikattil.

Rev. John Nellikunnel was born on 22 March 1973 in Kadaplamattom, in the Eparchy of Palai. After attending Saint Joseph’s minor seminary in Kothamangalam, he took the institutional courses in philosophy and theology at the Saint Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. He was ordained a priest on 30 December 1998, and he then exercised his ministry in various parishes. He was sent to Rome for higher studies, obtaining a licentiate and doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas. Returning home, he held the following offices: eparchial chancellor, secretary to the bishop, director of catechesis and the biblical apostolate, and professor and subsequently dean of the faculty of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha.

Angelicum alumnus appointed for Canada’s Chaldean eparchy


Bishop Bawai Soro was on Tuesday appointed Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto, which serves Canada’s estimated 40,000 Chaldean Catholics.

The Oct. 31 appointment fills the vacancy left by August’s transfer of Bishop Emmanuel Shaleta to the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego.

Bishop Soro was born in 1954 in Kirkuk, Iraq, and was baptized into the Assyrian Church of the East, a non-Chalcedonian Church based in northern Iraq. His family emigrated to Lebanon in 1973, and then to the US in 1976.
He was ordained a deacon in the Assyrian Church of the East in 1973, a priest in 1982, and a bishop in 1984. While a priest he served as pastor of a parish in Toronto and was bishop of the Assyrian eparchies of San José and Seattle.

He obtained a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1992, and a doctorate from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in 2002. While a bishop, he was actively involved in the ecumenical dialogue between the Assyrian Church of the East and the Catholic Church.
Bishop Soro was received into communion with the Catholic Church in 2008, along with nearly 1,000 families of his Church.

He was received into the Chaldean Catholic Church, which is the Catholic analog to the Assyrian Church of the East. Both Churches use the East Syrian rite. They are both derived from the Church of the East, a non-Chalcedonian Church which experienced a schism in 1552.

In 2014 he was appointed protosyncellus, or vicar general, of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego.

Bishop Soro has been outspoken about the persecution of Christians in his native Iraq and has applauded their perseverance.

In June, he told CNA that “the story of the suffering of Iraqi Christians is an ongoing phenomenon.” He reflected on his family’s perseverance in the face of the Ottoman’s Assyrian genocide, saying that “if my grandparents survived this difficulty and were able to hand their faith to the next generations, this suffering generation will do the same.”

The Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto was established in 2011. It consists of 10 parishes and missions and is served by 10 priests and two deacons.

Angelicum Alumnus appointed Bishop of Joinville, Brazil

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Joinville, Brazil, His Excellency Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach, transferring him from the diocese of São José dos Pinhais. "

Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach 
Msgr. Francisco Carlos Bach was born on 4 May 1954 in Ponta Grossa, in the homonymous dioceses in the state of Parana. In the metropolitan see of Curitiba he completed his studies in philosophy at the Rainha dos Apostolos major seminary (1972-1973) and theology at the Studium Theologicum (1974-1977). He then obtained a licentiate in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (1985-1987).
On 3 December 1977 he was ordained a priest and incardinated in the diocese of Ponta Grossa. During his priestly ministry he has held the following positions: parish priest of São Jorge in Ponta Grossa; bursar, professor and rector of the minor seminary; diocesan pastoral coordinator; parish vicar of the Sant’Ana Cathedral and the parish of São Sebastião ; professor at the Mater Ecclesiae Institute of Philosophy and Theology (IFITEME); diocesan judge auditor; rector of the major seminary; diocesan treasurer; director of the Sant'Ana diocesan radio; member of the presbyteral council and the College of Consulters; diocesan administrator; and vicar general.
On 27 July 2005 he was appointed as bishop of Toledo and received episcopal ordination on 27 October. On 3 October 2012 he was transferred to the diocese of São José dos Pinhais.
Within the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops he is currently member of the Commission for the Ecclesiastical Courts of Appeals and the Secretary of the Sul 2 Regional Bishops’ Council (State of Parana).

Angelicum alumnus appointed Bishop of Cheyenne, U.S.A.

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Cheyenne, U.S.A., Rev. Fr. Steven Biegler, of the clergy of the diocese of Rapid City. Fr. Biegler is currently vicar general and rector of the “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” Cathedral in Rapid City.


Rev. Fr. Steven Biegler was born on 22 March 1959 in Mobridge, South Dakota, in the diocese of Rapid City. After attending the Timber Lake High School in Timber Lake, he studied for a year at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He studied philosophy at the “Immaculate Heart of Mary” Seminary in Winona, Minnesota, and theology at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in theology (1992). He subsequently obtained a licentiate in biblical theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
He was ordained on 9 July 1993 for the diocese of Rapid City.
After priestly ordination he held the following offices: parish vicar of the “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” Cathedral in Rapid City (1993-1994); parish administrator of the “Immaculate Conception Parish” in Bonesteel, of the “Saint Anthony Parish” in Fairfax and the “Saint Francis Xavier Parish” in Ponca Creek (1994-1996); co-pastor of the “Saint Bernard Parish” in McLaughlin with the mission churches of “Saint Bonaventure” in McIntosh, “Saint Bede” in Wakpala, “Saint Aloysius” in Bullhead, “Assumption” in Kenel and “Saint Michael” in Watauga (1996-2006); member of the College of Consulters (1998-2003 and since 2009); director of pastoral formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome (2003-2006); chaplain of diocesan Catholic schools and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City (2007-2010); diocesan administrator in Rapid City (2010-2011); pastor of the “Our Lady of the Black Hills Parish” in Piedmont (2011-2015); vicar general (since 2011); rector of the “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in Rapid City (since 2016).

Msgr. Daniel Miehm Appointed as Bishop of Peterborough, Canada

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Peterborough, Canada, Msgr. Daniel Miehm, titular bishop of Gor and auxiliary of Hamilton, Ontario.


Msgr. Daniel Joseph Miehm was born in Kitchener on 27 August 1960. After his primary studies at the St. Leo School in Kitchener, he completed his secondary studies at the St. Jerome’s High School. He then enrolled in philosophy courses at St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, Ontario, and subsequently courses of theology at the St. Augustine Seminary, Toronto. From 1994 to 1996 he studied in Rome, obtaining a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
He was ordained a priest on 6 May 1989 for the diocese of Hamilton.
After ordination he was appointed vicar of the “St. Francis Xavier” parish of Stoney Creek (1989-1992) and subsequently of the Christ the King Cathedral, Hamilton ((1992-1994). Upon returning to Hamilton following his studies in Rome, he held the following offices: vicar of the Christ the King Cathedral, defender of the bond in the ecclesiastical tribunal of Hamilton, pastor of the “Our Lady of Lourdes” parish in Hamilton (1998-2004) and of the “St. Ann” parish in Ancaster (2004-2012). In 2012 he assumed the role of pastor of the new “St. Benedict” parish in Milton and spiritual assistant of the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild.
On February 2013, the Holy Father appointed him as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Hamilton, assigning him the titular see of Gor.
In the Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Ontario, Msgr. Miehm works in the Commission for Education. He is also the liaison bishop for the Canadian Catholic Campus Ministries.

Décès de fr: Claude Geffré, OP; théologien de la rencontre des religions

Ce brillant théologien a formé des générations d’étudiants et participé au renouveau de la théologie après le concile Vatican II, laissant une œuvre aux accents prophétiques à l’heure du pluralisme religieux.

Il fut l’un des théologiens français de l’après concile les plus en vue. Claude Geffré s’est éteint jeudi 9 février à l’âge de 91 ans. Sa santé s’était fortement dégradée ces derniers mois.

Le nom de ce dominicain né à Niort (Deux-Sèvres), entré dans l’Ordre en 1948 et formé à l’école de saint Thomas d’Aquin, s’est très vite identifié à deux axes majeurs de la théologie contemporaine : le « tournant herméneutique » et le pluralisme religieux.

C’est en arrivant en 1965 à l’Institut catholique de Paris, en charge de la théologie fondamentale, qu’il repense sa « méthode » : après Vatican II, le théologien ne peut plus se concentrer sur la défense des dogmes, mais doit passer à « l’âge herméneutique », cette science de l’interprétation des textes.

Autrement dit, recueillir la signification de l’Écriture et la traduire dans le contexte contemporain. Il conçoit alors sa tâche comme « celle d’une sorte de médiateur entre la foi de l’Église et l’expérience historique des hommes et des femmes », écrit-il.

Pionnier du dialogue interreligieux

Sans transiger sur ce qui fait la spécificité du christianisme, Claude Geffré, en pionnier, cherche à concilier l’unique médiation du Christ avec le pluralisme des religions. Il va jusqu’à reconnaître dans les religions non chrétiennes, dont il prend très au sérieux « l’altérité » et « leur différence irréductible », d’authentiques « voies de salut ».

« Si beaucoup d’hommes et de femmes sont sauvés en Jésus-Christ, ce n’est pas en dépit de leur appartenance à telle tradition religieuse, mais en elle et à travers elle », avance celui qui par ailleurs fut directeur de l’École biblique et archéologique de Jérusalem (1996-1999), membre de la Conférence mondiale des religions et du Groupe de recherche islamo-chrétien.

« Il a poussé aussi loin que possible les avancées de Vatican II sur le dialogue interreligieux, dans des accents d’une grande actualité aujourd’hui », évoque le frère Laurent Lemoine, sous-prieur du couvent Saint-Jacques à Paris où il vivait.

« Un prédicateur de talent et un grand priant »

Directeur de la prestigieuse collection « Cogitatio Fidei » aux éditions du Cerf, Claude Geffré écrit lui-même beaucoup : Le christianisme au risque de l’interprétation (1983), Passion de l’homme, passion de Dieu (1991), De Babel à Pentecôte (2006)… C’est sans doute cet ouvrage qui lui vaut la méfiance de Rome.

En 2006, la Congrégation pour l’Éducation catholique s’oppose au souhait de la Faculté de théologie de Kinshasa en RD-Congo de lui remettre un doctorat honoris causa pour l’ensemble de son œuvre. Sans toutefois donner d’explication.

Mais le dicastère aurait exprimé oralement des réserves sur le regard critique qu’il porte sur certains aspects de la déclaration Dominus Iesus publiée par le cardinal Ratzinger en 2000 condamnant « des théories relativistes qui justifient le pluralisme religieux ».

Claude Geffré en fut très blessé, n’ayant jamais bien compris ou à demi-mot. Mais ses dernières années, ce brillant professeur qui forma des générations d’étudiants fut surtout affecté de ne plus enseigner. Très présent à sa communauté et attentif jusqu’au bout à ce qui se passait dans l’Église, doté de solides amitiés, il était aussi, selon le frère Lemoine, « un prédicateur de talent et un grand priant ».

Ses obsèques auront lieu lundi à 10 heures au couvent Saint-Jacques, 20 rue des Tanneries dans le XIIIe. L’inhumation aura lieu à 14 heures dans le caveau dominicain du cimetière d’Etiolles (Essonne).

Holy Father appoints Angelicum alumnus and Dominican Friar to the Archdioceses of Tirane-Durres (Albania)

Click here for Fr. Thomas Rosica, OSB's interview of Archbishop George Frendo, O.P. new Archbishop of Tirane-Durres (Albania).

POPE APPOINTS BISHOP KEVIN FARRELL OF DALLAS, TEX., TO HEAD NEW VATICAN DEPARTMENT FOR LAITY, FAMILY AND LIFE

In a surprise but highly significant move, Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, Tex., to be the first prefect of the newly created Vatican Department (“dicastery” is the official term) for the Laity, the Family and Life. He thus becomes the senior American prelate in the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis’ decision to choose an American bishop to head this new department is a clear sign of his high esteem for the church in the United States and for the people of this country that he came to know during his visit last year. Those close to him confirm that he was deeply moved by the faith of American Catholics and by the enthusiastic and warm welcome given to him by the president, the Congress and the American people when he visited Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

The Vatican made the announcement on Aug. 17.

Vatican sources say Francis chose Bishop Farrell because he is known as a pastor “with the smell of the sheep” who has given dedicated service as bishop for the past 14 years, has long pushed for a greater involvement of the laity in the life of the church and is admired by his peers in the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference as a man of dialogue.

Moreover, as a bishop he has governed with prudence and courage, and has shown considerable skills as an administrator of the Dallas diocese, which has over one million faithful, 74 parishes and 41 schools. He was directly responsible for 94 employees at the diocesan headquarters and a budget of $25.5 million.

By appointing Bishop Farrell to head the new Vatican dicastery, Pope Francis is recognizing also the significant contribution that the church in the United States has made and continues to make to the Holy See and the universal church.

A fluent Italian and Spanish speaker, Bishop Farrell becomes the first prefect of the new Vatican office that comes into existence on Sept. 1, and will have responsibility for the promotion of the Christian life of the laity, couples, families, young people and their mission in the church and in civil society. It will also have responsibility for lay associations and movements in the church.

The new department—which many expect to become a congregation, like those for bishops, clergy and religious—was created out of a merger of the pontifical councils for the laity, the family and the pontifical academy for life. It will begin work with a staff of some 35 persons and will be divided into three sections: the laity, the family and life. It will have a secretary “who could be a lay person” and three lay undersecretaries (one for each of its sections), as stated in the statute approved by the pope and published on June 4.

The appointment "is welcome news given Bishop Farrell’s demonstrated pastoral skills and his recognized administrative abilities,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, in a statement released today.

“At a time when our Holy Father is calling the attention of the whole church to the role of the laity and the importance of a robust, pastoral activity and support of family and married life through the establishment of this new dicastery to focus and coordinate this work, the leadership that Bishop Farrell brings will be a blessing for all of us," Cardinal Wuerl said.
Bishop Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 2, 1947, the second of four sons, and grew up speaking Gaelic. His older brother, Brian, is also a bishop and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

After studying at a Christian Brothers’ school in Dublin, he joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1966. He visited the United States the following year while fundraising for the missions in Latin America.

Over the following 10 years, he gained seven degrees in a range of subjects. First, a bachelor of arts from the University of Salamanca in Spain, then a master’s degree in philosophy and a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He went on to obtain further degrees in dogmatic theology (1976) and in pastoral theology (1977) from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (the Angelicum). Later on, he gained a master’s degree in business and administration from the University of Notre Dame in the United States.

Ordained priest in Rome on Christmas Eve 1978, the archbishop subsequently served as chaplain to the University of Monterrey, Mexico, and gave seminars there in bioethics and social ethics. Moreover, he worked as general administrator of the Legionaries of Christ, with responsibility for seminaries and schools in Italy, Spain and Ireland.

A crisis developed in the Legionaries in the 1970s, and, after what he called “differences of opinion” with its leadership, he left the order and went to the United States. He was subsequently incardinated into the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., by Archbishop (later Cardinal) James Hickey in the early 1980s, and went onto serve as assistant priest in three parishes of the archdiocese over the next two years. In 1986, he succeeded Father (now Cardinal) Seán O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap., as director of the archdiocese’s Spanish Catholic Center. Two years later, he became assistant executive director and then interim director of Catholic Charities, and from 1989-2001, was secretary of finance for the archdiocese.

In 2001, the cardinal-archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, appointed him as vicar-general for the archdiocese and pastor of the Church of the Annunciation. On Dec. 28 of that same year, St. John Paul II named him auxiliary bishop of Washington, and on Feb. 11, 2002, the cardinal ordained him bishop. He served as the main vicar-general and moderator of the curia until 2007, first under Cardinal McCarrick and from May 2006 until March 2007 under Archbishop (now Cardinal) Donald Wuerl.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as bishop of Dallas, Tex., on March 6, 2007. It was a diocese then hit hard by the sex abuse scandal, and the new pastor began by reaching out to people, overseeing the settlement of existing cases and working hard to restore the morale of the clergy and making himself available to them. His efforts bore fruit, and at the end of his first year, Jerry Lastelick, a Dallas lawyer who had been part of a group that tried to oust his predecessor over the handling of abuse cases, told The Dallas Morning News that his outreach had created such a new dynamic that “people are willing to saddle up and get in the posse with him.” Bishop Farrell went on to consolidate that good start by working hard to unite the Catholic community in a diocese that he has served with great competence ever since.

Bishop Farrell has served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in various roles over these years. He served first as a consultant to the Committee on Migration, which oversees the migration and refugee department, and then as chair of its Committee on National Collections, which supports stewardship and coordinates the collections for social justice, evangelization, education and institutional development. He was also treasurer of the U.S.C.C.B. and chairman of its Committee on Budget and Finance.

At the time of his appointment, he was chancellor of the University of Dallas, and was on the board of trustees of the Papal Foundation, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Catholic University of America and the St. Luke Institute in Washington, D.C. He was also president of the New Evangelization of America, and a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, Inc.
Sources in the United States say that from the beginning, Bishop Farrell embraced Francis’ vision for the church and is totally supportive of the leadership he is giving in the church and the world.

As head of a major Vatican department, particularly if it becomes a congregation, Bishop Farrell could become a cardinal in due course, though this is unlikely to happen at the next consistory.

Gerard O'Connell | Aug 17 2016 - 6:00am America

NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Pope Francis has named Bishop Paul Dennis Etienne, 57, to be the next archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop Roger Schwietz, 76, who submitted his resignation last year upon turning 75 as required by the church’s canon law.

Archbishop-elect Etienne has served as the bishop of Cheyenne Wyoming for the past seven years.

The new appointment was announced at noon in Rome on Oct. 4. Archbishop Schwietz will introduce Archbishop-elect Etienne at an 11 a.m. press conference this Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, in the Chancery Offices at 225 Cordova Street in Anchorage. The press is invited for the announcement.

The installation date for Archbishop-elect Etienne is yet to be announced, but Archbishop Schwietz will serve as apostolic administrator during the interim.

Archbishop-elect Etienne was born June 15, 1959 as the second son to Paul and Kay Etienne in Tell City, Indiana. Two of his brothers are priests for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana and one of his two sisters is a Benedictine Sister with Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. Another brother is married and lives in Newburg, Indiana, and another sister lives in Evansville, Indiana.

Archbishop-elect Etienne’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (1986) from the University of St. Thomas/St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He also has a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1992) from the Gregorian University and a License in Spiritual Theology (1995) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on June 27, 1992. Assignments after ordination include, associate pastor of St. Barnabas Church in Indianapolis; associate vocation director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1992; vocation director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from 1995-1998; pastor of St. Anne Church and St. Joseph Church in Jennings County from 1995 to 1998; pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Albany from 1998 to 2007; vice rector of Bishop Simon Brutė College Seminary in Indianapolis from 2007 to 2009 and pastor of St. Simon Church in Indianapolis from 2007 to 2008. He also served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis from 2008 to 2009. In 2009 he served as pastor both at St. Paul Church in Tell City and at St. Mark Church in St. Mark. At that time he was also the dean of Tell City Deanery. Other assignments during this time included spiritual director of St. Meinrad School of Theology, archdiocesan review board, advisory board for Bishop Simon Brutė College Seminary, College of Consultors for the archbishop of Indianapolis, Council of Priests for the archdiocese and vice-postulator for the sainthood cause of Servant of God, Bishop Simon Brutė.

In 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the bishop of Cheyenne Wyoming and was ordained a bishop in December 2009.

His other positions include president of Catholic Rural Life (2013-present), chairman of Catholic Home Missions (2015-present), member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Budget and Finance Committee (Nov. 2016), member of the USCCB Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People (2010-2012, 2015-present), member of the board of trustees for St. John Vianney Theological Seminary (2010-present) and a member of the board of directors for Wyoming Catholic College (2009-2016).

The Archdiocese of Anchorage comprises 138,000 square miles in Southcentral Alaska. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains along the coast of Cook Inlet. The population of the archdiocese is approximately 400,000, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the population of Alaska. The general population of Anchorage is approximately 250,000. Of that, the estimated Catholic population is 32,170 or about 8% of the overall population. There are eight parishes in the Anchorage urban area. The other 13 parishes and missions are in more rural parts of the archdiocese. Many are accessible only by airplane or boat.

Archbishop-elect Etienne will be the fourth archbishop of Anchorage.

BEATIFIED ALUMNUS WAS SUCCESSOR OF ST. JOSEMARÍA ESCRIVÁ


The Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, full name Álvaro del Portillo y Diez de Sollano, (March 11, 1914 – March 23, 1994), was a Spanish engineer and Roman Catholic bishop. He served as the prelate of Opus Dei between 1982 and 1994 as the successor to Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
He was beatified on September 27, 2014 in his birth city of Madrid in a mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Francis.

He studied civil engineering and after obtaining his doctorate at the University of Madrid taught at its School of Engineering. He briefly worked with the Bureau of Highways and Bridges in the provinces crossed by the rivers Júcar, Duero and Ebro.

In 1935, he joined Opus Dei and was subsequently ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 1944 by Bishop Leopoldo Eijo y Garay of Madrid as one of the first three men ordained for Opus Dei. He continued his studies to obtain a doctorate in Philosophy and Letters in history in 1944 from Central University of Madrid, with a dissertation entitled Discoveries and Exploration on the California Coast. In 1948 he earned a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum.

He then dedicated himself exclusively to the ministry and government of Opus Dei as its Secretary General. During the pontificate of Pope Pius XII (1939–1958), he worked in several Dicasteries of the Holy See.

In 1963, he was named by Pope John XXIII as a consultant on the Pontifical Commission for the revision of the Code of Canon Law. Pope Paul VI named him consultant on several post-Conciliar commissions. In 1975, he was chosen general president of the Opus Dei and successor of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, and in 1982, the Holy See appointed him as the first Prelate of Opus Dei. In 1991, he was consecrated a bishop by Pope John Paul II, with Archbishops Giovanni Battista Re and Justin Francis Rigali serving as co-consecrators.

He has written extensively about pastoral and ecclesiological matters that examine among others, the role of the lay faithful in the Roman Catholic Church, the human side of priestly formation, the dynamics and functionality of pastoral structures. As Prelate, he also served as Grand Chancellor of the University of Piura in Peru.

Shortly after his 80th birthday, he returned to Rome on a pilgrimage from the Holy Land. He died shortly thereafter. He had celebrated his last Mass at the Church of the Cenacle.

APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR WITH EPISCOPAL CHARACTER

On 3 November 2014, the news was announced that Fr. Robert Francis Prevost, O.S.A., of the Augustinian Province of Chicago, has been named by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator with episcopal character for the Diocese of Chiclayo, Peru.

Bishop-elect Prevost was born on 14 September 1955 in Chicago Illinois, USA. He entered the Augustinian Order as a novice on 1 September 1977 in the Province of Chicago at the province’s novitiate in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, and professed his first vows on 2 September 1978. He professed solemn vows on 29 August 1981. He completed his philosophical studies at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, (1973-1977), and his theological studies at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois (1977-1981). He then came to Rome for doctoral studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 19 June 1982 at Collegio Santa Monica, Rome, Italy. In 1985, he completed doctoral studies in Canon Law at the Pontificia Universitas Studiorum a Sancto Thoma Aquinate in Urbe, “Angelicum” (Rome). During the years 1985-1986 he was sent to the Vicariate of Chulucanas, Peru, and was appointed Chancellor of the Prelature.

He returned to the United States in 1987, where he was in charge of vocational promotion and worked as the Procurator for the missions of his Province. In 1988, he returned to Trujillo, Peru, to initiate the first common formation house between the Vicariates of Chulucanas, Iquitos and Apurimac. In this community, in service to the pre-novices, and the professed, he occupied the post of Prior (1988-1992), Formation Director (1988-1999), Master of Professed (1993-1998), and as parish priest of the Parish of Saint Mary of Monserrat. In the Archdiocese of Trujillo, Fr. Robert worked as Judicial Vicar (1991-1998) and as Director of Studies at the Seminary “San Carlo y San Marcelo”. He was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of Chicago in 1998 and returned to the USA and began that mandate on 8 March 1999. At the Ordinary General Chapter of the Order in 2001 in Rome he was elected Prior General of the Order, a post he held for two terms ( 2001-2007 and 2007- 2013). In 2013 he returned to his Province where he has been serving as Director of Professed at Saint Augustine Friary, Chicago, Illinois and as Vicar Provincial of the Chicago Province.

A "MISSIONARY" MONK

Fr. Matthew Quatember, O.Cist. (born May 1, 1894 in Sacherles, South Bohemia; † February 10, 1953 in Rome) was the 78th Abbot General of the Cistercian Order.

A native of Bohemia, Gregor Quatember entered the Cistercian monastic community in 1914, and on July 26, 1914, the novitiate. He was given the religious name Matthew. From 1915 to 1919 he studied philosophy and theology at the Canisianum in Innsbruck, Austria. The former Regent of Innsbruck, Fr. Hofmann, S.J., maintained an unforgettable and grateful memory of him. After his solemn profession (August 4,1916), Quatember was ordained a priest in Budweis, Czech Republic, on June 22,1919.

Initially, he worked for four years in parish ministry until he was transferred to other monastic duties and studies. He was appointed Master of Novices and further studies in Prague, and thereon was sent to Rome to the Gregorian, then to San Anselmo and finally to the Angelicum, where he received his doctorate summa cum laude in Canon Law in 1929.

In 1930 he became professor of asceticism and canon law at the Pontifical Athenaeum Urbaniana where he taught for the next 11 years. He became a guide of Christian piety for generations of priests from overseas because the Urbaniana was dedicated in a special way to students of missionary lands. He gave up teaching after 20 years with his election as Abbot General of the Cistercian Order; but as Abbot General he had a special concern for the missions: "I'm very much aware," he wrote a group of Cistercian nuns in Bolivia, "that God requires of me that I direct our Holy Order towards the missions. This is the great mission entrusted to me as General of the Order."

Under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) he was already de facto nominated the new Bishop of Leitmeritz, Czech Republic, but the indiscretion of a premature announcement gave the then government in Prague the occasion for not confirming his election. Supposedly they complained his lack of knowledge of the Czech language. In reality, Quatember was a true Bohemian who happened to grow up and study in Old Austria.

From 1934 to 1937 he was Procurator General of the Order (1937 explicitly chosen), he was elected on December 10, 1945, Titular Abbot of Clairvaux, being blessed on March 25, 1946, and in 1950 he became Abbot General of the Order. His motto was: Servire Deo et Ordini - to serve God and the Order. The great achievement of his tenure was the construction of a representative house for the General Curia of the Cistercian Order in Rome on the Aventine (Piazza del Tempio di Diana, 14). He is buried in the Cistercian monastery of Poblet (Catalonia).

ALUMNUS MARTYR FOR THE FAITH

Mons. Anton Durcovici (May 17, 1888—December 10, 1951) was an Austro-Hungarian-born Romanian Roman Catholic clergyman, a victim of the Communist regime. On 31 October 2013 Pope Francis declared Anton Durcovici a Martyr of the faith.

Born in Bad Deutsch Altenburg, Austria, he left for the Kingdom of Romania together with his mother, a widow, and his brother Franz, and settled in Iaşi (1895). He completed his primary studies and lyceum in Iaşi and in Bucharest, and, in 1906, joined the Roman Catholic seminary. In 1906, he continued his studies in Rome, attending the College of St. Thomas in Rome, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (earning degrees in Canon Law, Philosophy and Theology, including two doctorates).

Ordained a priest in 1910, Durcovici returned to Romania, and was appointed, successively, schoolteacher at the Bucharest seminary and parish administrator in Tulcea. After Romania entered World War I on the Allied side, he was sent to an internment camp — being an Austrian citizen —, until being freed on the orders of King Ferdinand I.

Durcovici became rector of the Bucharest seminary in 1924, and held the office until April 1948, when he was consecrated Bishop of Iaşi by the Apostolic Nuncio to Romania, Bishop Gerald Patrick Aloysius O'Hara.

As a Catholic clergyman, Durcovici had become an adversary of the post-World War II Communist Party authorities, who initially attempted to have him accept a decrease in Papal authority over Romanian Catholics. Placed under surveillance in 1947, he was arrested by the Securitate on June 26, 1949, while he was visiting the congregation of Popești-Leordeni.

He was held in Jilava, then transferred to Sighet prison together with his fellow clergymen Áron Márton and Alexandru Cisar, being the target of torture and deprivations. Stripped naked and exposed to the winter weather, and denied food and water, Durcovici died as a result of the treatment. He was buried in an unmarked grave. Communist authorities subsequently attempted to erase all evidence of his stay in prison, and most documents were destroyed.

ANGELICUM ALUMNUS TO BE BEATIFIED

Fr. Giuseppe Girotti, O.P. (1905-1945), was born in Alba, Cuneo, Italy. He was a Dominican priest, opponent of the Italian Fascist Government of Benito Mussolini, and protector of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. He died at Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945. He was decleared "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1995 and recognized as a Catholic martyr and declared Venerable by Pope Francis on 8 april 2013. He will be beatified at the Cathedral of Alba on 26 april 2014.

After his ordination in 1930, Fr. Girotti studied Sacred Scripture at the Angelicum and later at the Dominican Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem under the guidance of Fr. Marie-Joseph Lagrange, O.P.

Fr. Girotti worked as a theology professor at the Santa Maria della Rosa House of Studies in Turin. Following the Nazi occupation of Italy in 1943, he saved many Jews by arranging safe hideouts and escape routes from Italy. Caught in the act of assisting a wounded Jewish person, Girotti was arrested on 19 August 1944, and sent to Dachau. He died at the camp on 1 April 1945. Venerable Giuseppe Girotty, pray for us!

HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV SHEVCHUK, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk is the Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church since 25 March 2011.

Sviatoslav Shevchuk was born in Stryi, Ukrainian SSR. He was ordained as a priest on 26 June 1994. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as head of the secretariat of Major Archbishop Lubomyr Husar. Shevchuk is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum where in 2006 he obtained a Doctorate in theology. Having completed his theological training Shevchuk served as rector of the seminary of Lviv.

On 14 January 2009, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Eparchy of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires and consecrated bishop on 7 April 2009, by Archbishop Ihor Vozniak. On 10 April 2010, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the same diocese. In addition to Ukrainian and Spanish, he knows Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic.

On 23 March 2011, he was elected Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church to replace the retired Lubomyr Husar. This decision was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on 25 March 2011. He was enthroned on 27 March 2011. The patriarch of one of Ukraine's Byzantine rite communities and hierarchs of the two others (including UOC-MP) were present for the enthronement in the church's new seat, the Cathedral of the Resurrection.

On 29 March 2011, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said "I'm departing with my bishops and all of the metropolitans of our church to Rome, because it's our duty to make a courtesy visit to the Holy Father (i.e., the Pope)," he said a press conference in Kyiv. The UGCC leader said that the UGCC Synod of Bishops had prepared a number of proposals for the Pope. "We're really going to tell of how our church is developing and that each developing church [becomes] a patriarchate, because a patriarchate is a period in the completion of the development of a church," he said. Cardinal Slipyj in the 1960s already petitioned for the patriarchal title. Instead, Pope Paul VI responded by devising the rank of "Major Archbishop", which grants all the prerogatives of an Eastern patriarch to the head of a self-governing church in full communion, just without the title itself. On 12 June 2012 Major Archbishop Shevchuk was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

On Sunday, 9 September 2012, after the participants took an oath the previous day, Major Archbishop Shevchuk celebrated the Divine Liturgy to open a worldwide Ukrainian Catholic Synod of Bishops at Saints Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He also visited Miller Comprehensive High school,and stop in at St.Basils Ukrainian Catholic Church,and St, Athanasius, also a Ukrainian catholic church, on 21 September 2012 in Regina Saskatchewan. He stopped in Vancouver to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian visit of a Ukrainian Catholic bishop.

In April 2011 Shevchuk said while visiting Rome to meet Pope Benedict XVI, that he believes he was elected "despite my age." Ukrainian bishops from around the world, who met in a synod in late March to elect a new major archbishop for their church, were looking for a leader who could "unite the church in Ukraine and outside Ukraine," who could "promote the unity of Christians in Ukraine and establish some sort of dialogue with the new Ukrainian government," He continued saying "The No. 1 priority for each head of a church is evangelization, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's world," he said. "Of course, our church is growing, is developing its structures ... but we are conscious that the decision about the patriarchate belongs to the Holy Father and we would never press him. We respect his freedom." Major Archbishop Shevchuk also said his age is not really so shocking when one considers the fact that the average age of his priests is about 35. "In our tradition, we do have a married clergy, but a married clergy is not the main reason we have so many young priests," he said. On 22 June 2011 Major Archbishop Shevchuk was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches to a five-year term. It may be renewed every five years until his 80th birthday.

When asked in April 2011 whether he would wish to meet the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Shevchuk said that "I would like very much to visit him and hold a personal meeting with him. I am convinced that in peacefully and openly communicating with each other, we can relieve any tension". He continued saying that "I think that today, we should heal the wounds rather than irritate and deepen them. One can heal the wounds of our memory only with mutual forgiveness. Therefore, as for any our brethren or neighbors who wounded us or were wounded by us, the best way to communicate is to be open in a brotherly dialogue, be open to the purification of our memory, to ask for forgiveness and to forgive."

EX-ALUNNO NOMINATO VESCOVO DI RECONQUISTA, ARGENTINA

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha nominato Vescovo di Reconquista (Argentina) il Rev.do Ángel José Macín, finora Amministratore diocesano della medesima diocesi.

Il Rev.do Ángel José Macín è nato il 18 marzo 1967 a Malabrigo, provincia di Santa Fe.
Ha seguito gli studi nel Seminario Interdiocesano La Encarnación, di Resistencia, ed è stato ordinato presbitero per la diocesi di Reconquista il 9 luglio 1992.

Fra il 1992 ed il 1993 ha lavorato nella Parrocchia Inmaculada Concepción di Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires, mentre ha ottenuto la Licenza in Teologia presso l’Università Cattolica Argentina.

È stato membro della Società Argentina di Teologia, Professore di Scienze della Religione presso l’Istituto San Benito di Victoria (Entre Ríos), Professore ordinario e Direttore di Studi nel Seminario Interdiocesano La Encarnación a Resistencia (Chaco). Sempre nella diocesi di Reconquista è stato anche Vicario parrocchiale di Santa Ana di Florencia (1994-2003), Formatore della Casa di Formazione Sacerdotale (1995-2006), Professore di Nuovo Testamento del Seminario diocesano San Nicolás, Buenos Aires (1996-2001), Amministratore parrocchiale del Sagrado Corazón a Villa Ana, Santa Fe (2003-2004), Vicario parrocchiale dell’Inmaculada Concepción di Villa Ocampo (2005-2006), Parroco di Nuestra Señora del Huerto di Malabrigo, Santa Fe (2007-2009).

Nel 2012 ha ottenuto la Laurea in Teologia Biblica, presso l’Università Pontificia San Tommaso (Angelicum), a Roma.

Al suo rientro in patria è stato nominato parroco di Nuestra Señora de la Merced di Avellaneda, Santa Fe. È stato anche membro del Consiglio Presbiterale, dell’equipe diocesana per il Diaconato permanente e dell’Asociación de Biblistas Argentinos; Assessore della Pastorale Sociale e Professore di Sacra Scrittura nell’Istituto Juan Pablo II di Reconquista.
Il 4 maggio 2013 è stato eletto Amministratore diocesano di Reconquista.

ANGELICUM ALUMNUS AND FOUNDER OF PRIESTLY FRATERNITY NAMED NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP OF ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS

He was born on 3 August 1968 in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and philosophy. He served on National Evangelization Teams (NET) for one year and then was co-director of Campus Outreach, St. Paul's Outreach in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

He entered as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and, upon completing his theological studies in 1997, was ordained. He served as vicar at two parishes before moving to Rome for graduate studies. He earned his licentiate (2002) and doctorate (2008) in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). For four years during his time in Rome, he served as chaplain for the Missionaries of Charity.

Upon his return to the archdiocese, he served as assistant director for the Office for Worship and in various roles at the seminary. He is a member of the Mission Advisory Council and Corporate Board of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, of St. Paul's Outreach Board of Directors in Saint Paul, and co-chaplain of the Serra Club of the Twin Cities.

He is also a founding member of the priestly association Companions of Christ.

CHANCELLOR OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo was ordained a priest on 7 December 1968 in the Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas of he was awarded a doctorate in sacred theology —the highest level of Church postgraduate studies —with the maximum possible grade of summa cum laude (1978) with a dissertation entitled "La gracia como participación de la naturaleza divine según Santo Tomás de Aquino."

In 1976 he graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy at Perugia University. From 1976 to 1998 he was lecturer in the history of philosophy at the Lateran University in Rome where from 1982 onwards he was full professor in the same discipline. He was dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the same university for three consecutive terms from 1987 to 1996.

Since 1998 he has been full professor of the history of philosophy at the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (Rome) and in the same year was appointed president of the degree course in science of education. On 5 October 1998 he was appointed Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. In March 1999, he was also appointed as Secretary Prelate of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. On 19 March 2001, Angelicum alumnus Pope John Paul II consecrated him as Titular Bishop of Forum Novum (Vescovio). On 19 July 2011, Pope Benedict XVI made him a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

He was decorated as Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic (1999), official of honour of the Légion d’Honneur of France (2000), Grão Mestre da Ordem de Rio Branco of Brazil (2004), official of Austria (2004) and knight of Chile (2006). He was appointed Chaplain Grand Cross of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George in 2006 by Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria and Vice-Grand Prior of the Order in 2008.

On wednesday, September 21, 2013 he opened the Faith & Reason Congress hosted by the Catholic University of Valencia St. Vincent Ferrer. Click here for his presentation.

ALUMNUS HONORED FOR HIS STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Angelicum alumnus Bishop José Raúl Vera López, OP was honored by the Dominican Bayamón Central University in Puerto Rico during their 2013 graduation ceremony with the doctorate honoris causa in humanities for his struggle for human rights and social justice. Bishop Vera is a Mexican friar of the Dominican Order and since 2000 bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saltillo, Mexico. He obtained his licentiate summa cum laude from the Angelicum in theology before his ordination to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI on 29 June 1975.

Bishop Vera was born on June 21, 1945 in Acámbaro, Mexico. In 1968 he started his religious training in the novitiate of the Dominican Order in the Central Mexican city of León after studying chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de México. Subsequently he went to study philosophy in Mexico City and theology in Bologna, Italy. He finally advanced summa cum laude to the licentiate in theology at the Angelicum just before his ordination on 29 June 1975 by Pope Paul VI. He held several clerical posts, was appointed a bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Altamirano in 1987, coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas in 1995 under the human rights activist Bishop Samuel Ruiz, and finally bishop of the Diocese of Saltillo in 1999.

Next to his clerical career, Vera López is an avowed advocate for human rights and social justice. With the risk for his own safety he expressed his views against abuse of power, corruption, absence of the rule of law and violations of human rights. Furthermore he stated the fact that, although Mexico is not considered a poor country, around half of its 110 million people live below the poverty line.

ANGELICUM ALUMNUS TO BE BEATIFIED

May 15 was the anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ghika, the Romanian priest who lived as a saint and died as a martyr, dying in 1954 in the political prison of Jilava, near Bucharest, where he will be beatified on August 31, 2913.

Vladimir Ghika was 80 years old when he died in prison, accused of spying on behalf of the Vatican, condemned by the communist regime to three years in prison for high treason. "From prince to beggar of love for Christ," , sums up the life of this eclectic, says Hip Martinas, Vatican Radio correspondent who oversaw the biography of the martyr, who was born in 1873 in Constantinople, now Istanbul, where his father was Ambassador of Romania. The young Vladimir, who belonged to the Orthodox religion, was the nephew of the last prince of Moldavia, destined for a diplomatic career, he studied in Toulouse, France, and then in Paris, where he attended courses in medicine, botany, art, literature, philosophy, history and law. He then came to Rome, where he obtained his license in philosophy and his doctorate in theology at the College of St. Thomas, the future Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. During his studies, in 1902, he made the decision to enter the Catholic Church, always engaging in his priestly and lay apostolate and for the unity of Christians.

He renounce all comforts and privileges to live in charity as a poor with the poor. He began his travels around the world, ending up learning 22 languages! Humble in word and persistent in prayer, especially close to the young and even more close to those who were far from God, which he felt was the greatest poverty, disease and disasters that can befall in a person's life. At age 50, Vladimir was ordained a priest, a decision he postponed so as not to cause more pain to his mother who never accepted his decision to become a Roman Catholic. He returned to his native country in 1939, where he remained until his death, involved in helping his fellow Romanians during the Balkan wars, and then during the sad events of the communist regime, during which he was tortured and harassed in prison, until he rendered his soul to God on May 16, 1954. As fate would have it, around him in the infirmary of the prison, there was an Orthodox priest, a Protestant minister, a young Jew and an Tartar imam, thus fulfilling his desire that all be one flock under one shepherd.

NEW ARCHBISHOP OF VILNIUS (LITHUANIA)

You'd never suspect that the new Archbishop of Vilnius and former head of the Lithuanian diocese for military services, Bishop Gintaras Grusas, was once a typical Southern California boy. Yet Grusas — "Gint" to his friends — was a blond-haired, blue-eyed Agoura kid who, like many of his friends, went to UCLA, where he majored in math/computer science. After graduating, he worked as a technical consultant for marketing at IBM.


Grusas belonged to the tight-knit Lithuanian-American community, where he was active in church life and served as president of the Lithuanian World Youth Association. Given his involvement with the Church, it wasn't a total shock to his friends when, at the age of 28, Grusas decided to chuck it all and enter the priesthood.

"I went back and forth, interested in the priesthood and a whole lot of other things for about 10 years," Grusas says. "At that point, I was up for a promotion at IBM, and as I was preparing for the interviews, I put together a list of things I wanted to do with my life. All of a sudden, I looked at the list and realized that the very wide variety of things I had put down all had something to do with the priesthood." Within two weeks, Grusas had left IBM and begun preparation for seminary studies.

His decision to serve the Lithuanian diaspora honored his father and mother, who were physically separated for a 16-year span that began during World War II and ended in 1960, when Grusas' mother and sister were finally allowed to leave the Soviet Union and join his father in the United States. A year later, Grusas was born.

The young seminarian attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, before moving to Rome to complete his studies at the Angelicum. In 1992, he went to Lithuania for summer pastoral practice but was recruited by then-Archbishop Audrys Backis of Vilnius to help prepare for Pope John Paul II's historic visit in September 1993 — the first time a pope had ever visited the country.

Grusas was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1994, and became general secretary of the Lithuanian Bishops' Conference, a job he still held even in his capacity as bishop of the Lithuanian diocese for military services.

Newly ordained as a bishop in September 2011, Grusas' ordinariate included 14 priests and about 10,000 Lithuanian troops and their dependents.

"The troops that are fighting closer to the front lines in the South are fighting so that the terrorist groups do not do more damage to innocent people in Afghanistan or Europe or the United States," Grusas says. "So the preaching comes naturally, as they are all in one way or another working to assist others and keep them out of harm's way."

In 1251 the diocese of Lithuania was established. Most probably the residence of the first Lithuanian bishop, consecrated in 1253, was in Vilnius. Formally the diocese of Vilnius was established in 1388. The Archdioceses has 573 400 Catholics, 93 Parishes, 122 Diocesan Priests, 38 Religious Priests, 29 Seminarians, 39 Men Religious and 240 Women Religious.

MONSIGNOR JOHN THOMAS FOLDA

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor John Thomas Folda as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, which serves more than 72,000 Catholics and 132 parishes and missions in the eastern half of North Dakota. The Holy See made the announcement today at noon in Rome, 5 a.m. Fargo time.

Bishop-elect Folda will be the eighth Bishop of Fargo. He succeeds Bishop Samuel Aquila, who was named Archbishop of Denver on May 29, 2012. Bishop David Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, has served as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Fargo since Archbishop Aquila was installed in Denver on July 18, 2012. He continues as Apostolic Administrator until the episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Folda, which is expected to take place in the second half of June.

A priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., Bishop-elect Folda currently serves as Rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb.

John Thomas Folda, 51, was born on Aug. 8, 1961, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Mabel and the late James Folda. He is the youngest of three children. His brother, James, and his wife, Paula, live in Brookfield, Wis. His sister, Mary, and her husband, Karl, live in Adams, Neb. They have four children and one grandchild.

Bishop-elect Folda grew up in Omaha, where he attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Archbishop Ryan High School. After graduating from high school in 1979, he attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he studied architecture and electrical engineering. In August 1983, Bishop-elect Folda entered seminary formation for the Diocese of Lincoln. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He continued his theological studies at St. Charles Seminary, where he earned a master of divinity degree in 1988 and a master of arts in theology in 1989.

On May 27, 1989, Bishop-elect Folda was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln by Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin. For two years, he served as parochial vicar at Cathedral of the Risen Christ, and was a teacher of religion at Pius X High School in Lincoln.

In 1991, Bishop-elect Folda was sent to Rome, where he earned a licentiate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Upon returning to the Diocese of Lincoln in 1993, he was assigned as pastor of St. Paulinus Church in Syracuse and Holy Trinity Church in Avoca. He was also guidance counselor and teacher of religion at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools in Nebraska City. During this time, he also served as assistant to the Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln.

In 1995, Bishop-elect Folda was appointed pastor of St. Leo Church in Palmyra and St. Martin Church in Douglas, while continuing to work in the diocesan offices. In 1997, he was appointed diocesan Director of Religious Education, Co-Vicar for Religious, Master of Ceremonies, and Censor Librorum. He was also appointed Delegate of the Bishop to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and continues as vice president of the Board of Directors. Bishop-elect Folda has been a member of the Board of the Nebraska Catholic Conference since 1993. He has also been a member of the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, Finance Council, Priests’ Continuing Education Committee, Catholic Social Services Board and the Ethics Committee of St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.

In 1999, Bishop-elect Folda was appointed rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb. He served as president of the National Association of College Seminaries from 2008 to 2010. On Oct. 10, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named him “Chaplain of His Holiness” with the title of Monsignor.

On April 8, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Fargo.

THE MOST REVEREND ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample of the Diocese of Marquette, MI to be the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. The announcement was made by the Vatican this morning. He will succeed Archbishop John G. Vlazny who is retiring at age 75 years old.

Archbishop Vlazny said of the appointment, “It is with heartfelt appreciation to our heavenly Father and our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, that I welcome my successor, the eleventh archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portland, the Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample, to the world of “sprinkles and sunbreaks.” He comes well prepared to assume his new responsibilities as the chief pastor of this local church. For months now our people have been praying, “Send us now a good shepherd after the heart of your Son to guard and guide your Church in western Oregon……Choose him for us, just as you have chosen us for him, that together we may serve you and love you.” Today our prayers have been answered. We rejoice and are glad! Michigan’s loss is Oregon’s gain. A new day of hope is dawning for us during this Year of Faith. May we seize the moment and grow stronger as children of God and disciples in mission together. God bless you, Archbishop Sample. Ad multos annos!”

Archbishop-Designate Sample was born in Kalispell, MT on November 7, 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in1982, and a Master of Science degree in MetallurgicalEngineering in1984 also from Michigan Technological University. Hestudied at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1990 at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette, MI. Following ordination, Father Sample served as parochial vicar at St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Marquette, as pastor at St. George Parish, Bark River, MI, at Sacred Heart Parish in Schaffer, MI, and at St. Michael Parish in Perronville, MI.

In 1996 he earned a licentiate degree in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome. Upon returning to the Marquette Diocese in 1996, he was appointed Chancellor of the diocese. He has served as a member of the diocesan Presbyteral Council, as a member of the College of Consultors, a member of the Marriage Tribunal, Director of On-going Formation of Priests, Director of the Department of Ministry and Priest Personnel, and as Diocesan Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus. He served as Executive Director of the Bishop Baraga Association and as a Member of the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. He was appointed Bishop of the Marquette Diocese on December 13, 2005 and was ordained Bishop on January 25, 2006 by Cardinal Adam Maida.

Archbishop-Designate Sample is a Member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Sub-committee on Native American Catholics, and the USCCB Sub-committee on the Catechism. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (LaCrosse, WI), and as a Member of Sacred Heart Seminary (Detroit) Board of Trustees.

The Mass of Installation for Archbishop-Designate Sample will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

REV.DO MONS. FORTUNATUS NWACHUKWU

Sacerdote della diocesi di Aba, in Nigeria, ha conseguito la Licenza in Sacra Scrittura e ha completato la lectio per il dottorato presso l'Istituto Biblico di Roma, prima del trasferimento a Sankt Georgen, Francoforte, per la specializzazione nella critica testuale dell'Antico Testamento con il prof. Norbert Lohfink, s.j. In seguito ha ottenuto il dottorato in teologia sistematica e in Diritto Canonico, rispettivamente presso la Pontificia Università Urbaniana e l'Università San Tommaso d'Aquino (Angelicum), entrambi a Roma.

Dopo un biennio di formazione presso la Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, è entrato nel servizio diplomatico della Santa Sede nel luglio 1994. Ha poi servito nelle Nunziature apostoliche di Ghana, Togo e Benin (1994-1996), Paraguay (1996-1999), Algeria e Tunisia (1999-2002), e presso la Missione permanente della Santa Sede presso le Nazioni Unite e Organizzazioni internazionali a Ginevra (2002-2006). Nel 2006 è stato chiamato in Vaticano a farsi carico del Desk per i diritti umani nella Seconda Sezione della Segreteria di Stato. Il 4 settembre 2007, è stato nominato Capo del Protocollo della Segreteria di Stato.

Tra le sue varie pubblicazioni possono essere citati i libri: La nascita di Teologia sistematica contemporanea in Africa nera (Roma 1994) e Il coraggio di cambiare: Take Off Your Shoes (Paolini, Nairobi: 2003, pp 1-120, 1 ° ristampa in 2009; tr in italiano come Togliti i sandali: il Coraggio di cambiare, Paolini, Milano, 2013). E gli articoli: Le differenze testuali tra le MT e la LXX del Deuteronomio 31, in: Bundesdokument und Gesetz, Deuteronomium zum Studien (Herder 1995, 79-92), La sfida per il cambiamento nell'Universo africano, in: Le sfide per l'Africa XXI secolo: rimuovere gli ostacoli al progresso. IUHEI, Ginevra, 2005, 186-205, e una serie di riflessioni sulla teologia africana nella rivista Mondo e Missione.Entrato nel Servizio diplomatico della Santa Sede il 1° luglio 1994, ha prestato la propria opera presso le Nunziature Apostoliche in Ghana, Paraguay, Algeria, presso l'Ufficio delle Nazioni Unite ed Istituzioni Specializzate a Ginevra e presso la Sezione Rapporti con gli Stati della Segreteria di Stato.

È stato nominato Capo del Protocollo della Segreteria di Stato, il 4 settembre 2007.

Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha nominato Nunzio Apostolico in Nicaragua il Rev.do Mons. Fortunatus Nwachukwu,finora Capo del Protocollo della Segreteria di Stato, elevandolo in pari tempo alla sede titolare di Acquaviva, con dignità di Arcivescovo.

Conosce l’inglese, l’italiano, il tedesco, l’ebraico moderno, il francese, lo spagnolo e l’arabo.

RYAN M. WILLIAMS '09, S.T.B.

Ryan M. Williams '09 S.T.B. Alum is a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy (ABD) at The Catholic University of America; he is the Acting Academic Dean for the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception(Diocese of Rockville Centre: Huntington, NY). He will be the Associate Dean for the Archdiocese of NY starting in the Fall of 2013, at which time the Huntington location becomes an additional location for St. Joseph's Seminary located in Yonkers, NY.

Ryan is also working to develop a resident lay community on Long Island focusing on lay formation in response to the New Evangelization.

Ryan and Marianna ('10 S.T.B & MA Alum -specialization Moral Theology) were married on June 22, 2010 at the Basilica of St. Peters (Altar of the Immaculate Conception) by H.E. Edmund Cardinal Szoka and many other wonderful concelebrating priests, including Rev. Luke Buckles,OP; Rev. Luke Dempsey,OP; Rev. Bruce Williams, OP, Rev. Jeremy Trowbridge '09 STB Alum, etc.

Their 1st child, Isabella Prassede Williams was born on 9/8/11. They are expecting their 2nd child at the end of April 2013.

REV. MSGR. RICHARD HENNING

The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced the appointment of Reverend Monsignor Richard Henning as the Rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (SIC), Huntington, New York, and the Director of the new Sacred Heart Institute for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy.

The appointments, made after consultation with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, will take effect in the summer of 2012. Msgr. Henning, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, currently serves as the Vice-Rector and a professor of scripture at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.

Ordained in 1992, Msgr. Henning takes charge of the 81-year-old seminary at a time when its academic programs will be focusing on the education of laity and permanent deacon candidates in the three dioceses of the downstate region (Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre). The same dioceses have pledged to work together in the continuing education of their clergy through the Sacred Heart Institute.

"I am very grateful to my Bishop, Bishop William Murphy and to Archbishop Dolan and Bishop DiMarzio for their confidence,” said Msgr. Henning. “I am excited by new possibilities for serving the good of the Church through these initiatives and I look forward to sharing in this work with many others."

The changes in the program at SIC and the creation of the Institute are part of a larger inter-diocesan partnership that took effect on November 10, 2011 when Bishop Murphy, Archbishop Dolan and Bishop DiMarzio signed a Joint Operating Agreement that pledges collaboration in the training of present and future Catholic priests and their co-workers in ministry.

Last September the three dioceses implemented the first phase of their partnership with the opening of the college and pre-Theology programs for training future priests at the Cathedral Seminary Residence in Douglaston, New York.

The current SIC program offers a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. Beginning next fall, SIC will offer these degrees to laity and permanent deacon candidates from the three dioceses on both the Huntington campus and on the campus of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York. At the same time, Saint Joseph’s Seminary will be the location for the single program in priestly formation at the graduate level.

Since joining the faculty in 2002, Msgr. Henning has coordinated a number of efforts to introduce distance-learning technologies to the seminary program in Huntington. “SIC looks forward to offering theological education to laity and deacon candidates through a variety of delivery systems in the coming years,” he said. There are already some 400 graduates of SIC's programs in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The use of educational technologies will extend the programs to a larger student body over a larger geographic area.

The placement of the Sacred Heart Institute at the seminary in Huntington fits with its long history of forming the clergy for all of Long Island. That mission will now expand to priests and deacons of the entire New York Metropolitan region and beyond. The institute will provide opportunities for intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual renewal as well as programs tailored to the needs of international priests.

Msgr. Henning holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome (Angelicum) and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. For the last two years, he has directed the Parresia Project, a grant-funded initiative working to improve reception processes for international priests serving in the US.

SEGRETARIO DELLA CONGREGAZIONE PER L’EDUCAZIONE CATTOLICA

Il Rev.do Mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani è nato a Pralboino (Brescia) il 24 marzo 1950, ordinato presbitero il 20 settembre 1975 e incardinato nella diocesi di Brescia.

Dopo aver frequentato gli studi fino al biennio filosofico-teologico presso il seminario diocesano di Brescia, ha completato gli studi di teologia a Roma, presso la Pontificia Università S. Tommaso e la Pontificia Università Lateranense, conseguendo qui il dottorato in Teologia. Ha inoltre ottenuto la licenza in Scienze Sociali presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana.

Rientrato in diocesi, è stato vicerettore presso l'Istituto "C. Arici". Tra il 1983 e il 1995, ha insegnato "Sociologia Generale" presso l'Istituto Filosofico-Teologico dei Salesiani di Nave (Bs) e "Sociologia della religione" presso l'Istituto Teologico "Paolo VI" del Seminario diocesano di Brescia.

Dopo aver contribuito a far nascere l'Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose presso l'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Brescia, vi ha insegnato "Didattica della religione" (1990-1995).

Dal 1981 al 1995 ha prestato servizio presso la Curia diocesana come direttore dell'Ufficio Pastorale, segretario dei Consigli presbiterale e pastorale e come responsabile dell'ufficio scuola, curando in particolare l'insegnamento della religione cattolica. Contemporaneamente è stato nominato delegato della Conferenza Episcopale Lombarda per la pastorale della scuola.

Dal 1995 al 2002 è stato chiamato a dirigere l'Ufficio nazionale per l'educazione, la scuola e l'università della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana. In questi anni è stato anche assistente ecclesiastico dell'UELCI.

Dal gennaio 2002 è Sotto-Segretario della Congregazione per l'Educazione Cattolica.

Novembre 9, 2012, Il Papa lo ha nominato Segretario della Congregazione per l’Educazione Cattolica al ex-alunno dell'Angelicum Rev.do Mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani, finora Sotto-Segretario della medesima Congregazione per l’Educazione Cattolica, elevandolo in pari tempo alla sede titolare di Volturno, con dignità di Arcivescovo.

SUCCESSOR OF THE APOSTOLIC SEE OF ST. THOMAS IN INDIA, MALANKARA METROPOLITAN, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP-CATHOLICOS OF THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF TRIVANDRUM AND ANGELICUM ALUMNUS HIS BEATITUDE MORAN MOR BASELIOS CLEEMIS.

The Head of a Particular Church outside the Roman Empire was known as Catholicos. The term "Catholicos" means ‘head of the Church’. The authority of a Catholicos is below to that of a Patriarch.

In the Roman Empire, there were government employees, named Catholicos. In this sense Catholicos was the one who has authority over a particular geographical area. It is from the beginning of the 5th Century onwards that the term Catholicos is used to signify the head of a Church. In the PersianChurch the term Catholicos was used from 410 AD onwards.

Catholicos has all the privileges and authorities over his Catholicate in the same way that a Patriarch has over his Patriarchate. In the Arabic Canon the following are said about the authority of a Catholicos

Catholicos is the supreme authority in his particular Church and all has to obey him.

He has authority over all metropolitans and episcopoi.

He is a shepherd who teaches the people of God with authority.

He is the one who takes the final decision regarding issues of faith and liturgy.

He has authority to add more feast days and also to supress them.

The name of the Catholicos should be remembered in the liturgical ceremonies.

His decisions are final.

He has the authority to convoke the synod, to appoint new bishops, to erect new eparchies, to change the boundaries of the eparchies and also to transfer the episcopoi. He has full authority over monasteries. He is the defender of faith.

On 10 February 2005, the Malankara Catholic Church was elevated to the rank of a Major Archiepiscopal Church and established Catholicate. Moran Mor Cyril Baselios was the first Catholicos. Angelicum alumnus Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis is the present Catholicos of the Church. His Beatitude will be elevated to the rank of Cardinal at the Consistery scheduled for November 24, 2012.

BISHOP KEVIN WILLIAM VANN

Angelicum alumnus Bishop Kevin William Vann (born May 10, 1951) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was named Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, succeeding the retiring Bishop, Tod David Brown, by Pope Benedict on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Early life and education

The eldest of six children, Kevin Vann was born in Springfield, Illinois, to William and Theresa (née Jones) Vann. His father was a postal worker, and his mother was a nurse and clinical instructor at St. John's Hospital.

After attending Griffin High School, he studied at Springfield College and Millikin University, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1974. He then worked as a medical technologist at St. John's Hospital before entering Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1976. From 1977 to 1981, he studied at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Priesthood

Vann was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph McNicholas on May 30, 1981.[2] He then furthered his studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, residing at the Pontifical North American College. It was at the Angelicum that in May 1985 he earned his Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.).

Upon his return to the United States in 1985, Vann served as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield until 1990. He served as judge, defender of the bond, and procurator on the Diocesan Tribunal from 1985 to 1994, also serving on the Metropolitan Court of Appeals for the Province of Chicago. Between 1989 1990, he was also parochial administrator of St. Mary Parish in Pittsfield, Holy Redeemer Parish in Barry, and Holy Family Parish in Griggsville.

Vann was pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Auburn (1990–1992) and later of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Decatur (1992–2001). While serving at Our Lady of Lourdes, he was concurrently a judicial vicar for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance for the Province of Chicago (1994–2005) and parochial administrator of St. Isidore Parish in Bethany, Sacred Heart Parish in Dalton City (1995–1997), and Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Parish in Mount Zion (1995). He was also dean of the Decatur Deanery from 1996 to 2001, and became the Bishop's contact for the Hispanic Ministry in 1999. He also taught canon law at his alma mater of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Vann became pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in 2001. In addition to his pastoral duties, he was also named Vicar for Clergy in the diocesan chancery. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Chaplain to His Holiness on February 19, 2002. During his tenure at Blessed Sacrament, he oversaw a $2.2 million capital campaign for refurbishing the church, as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of its completion in 1930.

In April 2004, Vann said that he would be "reticent" in giving Communion to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a former parishioner at Blessed Sacrament whose "pro-choice position puts him really outside of communion or unity with the Church's teachings on life."

Episcopal career

On May 17, 2005, Vann was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, by Pope Benedict XVI.[2] He later succeeded the late Joseph Patrick Delaney as the third Bishop of Fort Worth upon the latter's death on July 12, 2005. He received his episcopal consecration the next day, on July 13, from Archbishop José Gómez, with Archbishop Raymond Burke and Archbishop George Lucas serving as co-consecrators, at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.[2] He selected as his episcopal motto: In Fide Et Dileccione In Christo Iesu, In the faith and love in Christ Jesus

During the 2008 presidential election, Vann and Bishop Kevin Farrell issued a joint statement, in which they declared, "We cannot make more clear the seriousness of the overriding issue of abortion—while not the only issue—it is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 35 years...As Catholics we are morally obligated to pray, to act, and to vote to abolish the evil of abortion in America."

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Vann is a member of Committee on Marriage, on Family Life, on Laity and Youth, and the Subcommittee on Marriage and Family Life.

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced the transfer of Bishop Vann (who is serving as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex) to serve instead as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, in Orange, California, because of the retirement of Bishop Emeritus Tod David Brown, 76 (under Canon 401.1 of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law, which states that Bishops must offer a letter of resignation to the Pope for possible acceptance when they turn 75). There will be an installation at a later date at Christ Cathedral.

H.E. JORGE CARDINAL MEJIA, ONE OF THE LAST CLASSMATES OF THE BL. JOHN PAUL II

Jorge María Cardinal Mejía (born January 31, 1923 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, alumnus of the Angelicum and a classmate of Karol Wojtyla, the future Bl. John Paul II. He is Archivist Emeritus of the Holy Roman Church and Librarian Emeritus of the Holy Roman Church.

Mejía was ordained to the priesthood for the Metropolitan See of Buenos Aires on September 22, 1945. He taught Sacred Scripture at several universities, participated at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, and on September 20, 1978, was made a Chaplain of His Holiness.

On March 8, 1986, he was appointed titular archbishop of Apollonia, and an official of the Curial Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. His episcopal consecration took place on the following April 12, and was performed by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (with Archbishop Eduardo Martínez Somalo and Bishop Antonio María Javierre Ortas as co-consecrators).

Mejía was subsequently named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops on March 5, 1994. Five days later, on March 10, he was appointed Secretary of the College of Cardinals. On March 7, 1998, he became both the Archivist and the Librarian of the Holy Roman Church.

He was created Cardinal-Deacon of San Girolamo della Carità by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001. He retired as archivist and librarian on November 24, 2003. On 21 February 2010, he opted for the order of Cardinal Priest, with his former diaconal church elevated to the level of cardinalitial title.

Cardinal Mejía was 82 at the time of the 2005 papal conclave, and thus not eligible to vote. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), and a license in biblical science from the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

The Cardinal led the delegation from the Holy See's Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews to the Rome, January 17-20, 2010 meeting of the Commission for Dialogue between Jews and Catholics (the ninth such meeting). He is also interested in interfaith dialogue with world religions and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.

On Monday May 7, 2012 His Eminence will give a talk at 10:00am in the Aula 9 of the Angelicum on his memories of his time at the Angelicum and his classmate Karol Wojtyla.

MSGR. TODD J. LAJINESS
NEW RECTOR/PRESIDENT OF SACRED HEART MAJOR SEMINARY IN DETROIT (USA)

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has announced the appointment of Angelicum alumnus Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness as the new rector/president of Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary, an institution associated to the Angelicum. Msgr. Lajiness has been serving as dean of studies at the seminary since 2003. He also is a weekend assistant at Holy Family Parish in Novi. His appointment as rector is effective May 5, 2012. Msgr. Lajiness, 43, succeeds Msgr. Jeffrey Monforton, who in December was named pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester, Michigan's largest Catholic parish, also effective May 5.

"Msgr. Lajiness brings a rich set of talents, skills and priestly virtues to the leadership of Sacred Heart Major Seminary," said Archbishop Vigneron. "These gifts, along with his rich experience in the ministry of priestly formation, give me great confidence that he will be an outstanding Rector/President. Building upon the notable achievements of his predecessor, Msgr. Monforton, Msgr. Lajiness will further advance the seminary's work of forming priests and other workers needed for the New Evangelization."

Concurrent with his being announced as the new rector/president of the seminary, Archbishop Vigneron announced that then-Father Lajiness was made a "Chaplain to His Holiness" by Pope Benedict XVI and thus now has the honorary title "Monsignor."

Msgr. Lajiness was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. After having served in parish ministry and as an assistant professor at Sacred Heart from 1995-97, he was assigned to Rome to be secretary to Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, then-president of the Pontifical Commission of Vatican City State, from 1997-2002. During that time, he completed a licentiate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in 2002, and a doctorate in philosophy from the Angelicum in 2002. He returned to Detroit in 2002 to serve as director of undergraduate formation at the seminary, and also taught courses in philosophy. In addition to his current post as dean of studies at the seminary, he serves on the board of trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization, on the CYO Priest Task Force, and as archdiocesan chaplain to the Knights of Columbus. He also serves on the executive committee of the Mid-West Association of Theological Schools.

"It is with deep sense of humility and excitement that I accept this new assignment from Archbishop Vigneron," Msgr. Lajiness said. "The Archbishop's support of the seminary, as well as the support provided by his predecessors Cardinal (Adam) Maida and Cardinal Szoka, is inspiring. And in recent years, Msgr. Monforton has provided exceptional leadership as rector, and the state of the formation program is reflective of his unwavering commitment. The prayerful support of the presbyterate and the people of the archdiocese will be essential as we continue to respond effectively to the needs of the Church today."

Sacred Heart Seminary was founded in 1919 and is located on a 22-acre campus near the Boston-Edison Historic District. It was refounded as a major seminary in 1988, when a Graduate School of Theology was added to the College of Liberal Arts. The Institute of Ministry was established in 1988 to educate and train individuals for the permanent diaconate and professional lay ecclesial ministry.

Presently, 115 seminarians are enrolled at Sacred Heart Major Seminary – the largest seminarian population since 1973. Thirty-nine of these students are studying to become priests for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Last September, the seminary also offered its first exclusively online courses, and its first Spanish-language courses. In 2010, it began using local parish grounds as satellite courses. For the 2012 winter term, 351 lay students are enrolled through the Institute for Ministry.

Raised in St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Newport, Msgr. Lajiness is the youngest of three boys born to John and Gail Lajiness, who currently still reside in Newport. An avid athlete, Msgr. Lajiness enjoys participating in triathlons and marathons, and has taken part in the Half Ironman Triathalon in Benton Harbor and the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

DAME DONNA ORSUTO
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF THE LAY CENTRE AT FOYER UNITAS

Originally from Ohio, Dame Donna Orsuto is the Co-founder and Director of the Lay Centre. She is also a Professor at the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University and Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. She lectures extensively and gives retreats in various parts of the world. Her most recent book is entitled Holiness (London: Continuum 2006). She is involved in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, having served as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and as a member of the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Diocese of Rome. Dame Orsuto graduated from the Angelicum with an STB in 1982 and is a close follower of St. Catherine of Siena.

During the Mass culminating the 25th anniversary of the Lay Centre and marking the beginning of its alliance with Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, USA), Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life & Societies of Apostolic Life, bestowed on Prof. Dona Orsuto the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni), in recognition of her "personal service to the Holy See and the Church, unusual labors, support of the Holy See, and the good example set in her community and country."

The Order was established on September 1, 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election. It is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. Members of the order have no privileges, except the right of riding on a horse inside Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, a right that has not recently been exercised.

Female members of the Order are entitled to be addressed with the style Dame in front of their name followed by the initials DSG.

Click here to read more about the Order of St. Gregory

Click here for information on the Lay Centre.

ANGELICUM ALUMNUS SERVING AS MISSIONARY IN JAMAICA

Msgr. Michael Palud, P.H., judicial vicar of the Diocese of Mandeville belongs to a small local group of priests called "The Mission Society of Mandeville" and has been serving the Church in Jamaica for almost two decades Until recently he was also the Vicar General of the Diocese of Mandeville (a position he held for 12 years) and Superior of the Group. He is a STB graduate of the Angelicum (1987) and did his JCL and JCD at the Ange. Father Castellano who was the rector at the time was his Thesis Director.


Follow Msgr. Palud's missionary adventures in Jamaica through his blog at:

http://www.journeyofayoungpriest.blogspot.com/

HIS EXCELLENCY TIMOTHY M. DOLAN
ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK

Timothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009.

He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since he was named by Pope John Paul II on June 25, 2002. He was installed as Milwaukee's 10th archbishop on August 28, 2002, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, papal nuncio to the United States, installed Archbishop Dolan.

Born February 6, 1950, Archbishop Dolan was the first of five children born to Shirley Radcliffe Dolan and the late Robert Dolan. In 1964, he began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Mo. His seminary foundation continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he earned a License in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas.

Archbishop Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976. He then served as associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo., until 1979 when he began studies for a doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America. Before completing the doctorate, he spent a year researching the late Archbishop Edwin O'Hara, a founder of the Catholic Biblical Association. Archbishop O'Hara's life and ministry was the subject of the Archbishop's doctoral dissertation.

On his return to St. Louis, Archbishop Dolan served in parish ministry from 1983-87, during which time he was also liaison for the late Archbishop John L. May in the restructuring of the college and theology programs of the archdiocesan seminary system.

In 1987, Archbishop Dolan was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. When he returned to St. Louis in 1992, he was appointed vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, serving also as director of Spiritual Formation and professor of Church History. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University.

In 1994, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he also served as a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and as a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. The work of the Archbishop in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests of the new millennium.

On June 19, 2001 – the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – then Fr. Dolan was named the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis by Pope John Paul II. The new Bishop Dolan chose for his Episcopal motto the profession of faith of St. Peter: Ad Quem Ibimus, "Lord to whom shall we go?" (Jn 6:68).

Archbishop Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services from January 2009 – November 2010. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

On June 29, 2009, Archbishop Dolan received the pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter's Basilica.

On November 16, 2010, Archbishop Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He succeeds Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

HIS EMINENCE DONALD CARDINAL WUERL 
ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

He is known nationally for his catechetical and teaching ministry and for his efforts on behalf of Catholic education. He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America and chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and The Papal Foundation. He is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and a member of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His book, The Mass, was published in January 2011 and his most recent work, The Gift of Blessed John Paul II, was published in April.

In April 2008 Cardinal Wuerl hosted Pope Benedict XVI in Washington on the Holy Father’s historic journey to the United States. The Cardinal is also active in community activities, joining with civic and business leaders to promote education, service to the poor, pastoral assistance to refugees and immigrants as well as interfaith understanding.

The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University while attending the North American College, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington. His titular (cardinalatial) church in Rome is Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli).