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Pope Accepts Resignation of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Catanello

September 20, 2010

WASHINGTON(September 20, 2010) —Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 paragraph 2 of the Code of Canon Law, outlining the retirement of a bishop for reasons of health or other serious reasons.

Bishop Catanello’s retirement was announced September 20 in Rome.

Ignatius Anthony Catanello was born July 23, 1938 in Brooklyn. He studied at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. He pursued graduate studies at St. John’s University, Brooklyn, and at New York University, where he earned a doctorate specializing in religious education.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on May 28, 1966. He served as diocesan ecumenical chairperson, secretary and vice president of the Council of the Priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn and as a member of the Diocesan Mission Apostolate Committee and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn and titular bishop of Dealtum on June 28, 1994. He was ordained a bishop August 22 of that year.

The Diocese of Brooklyn was established in 1853. It comprises 179 square miles in the State of New York. It has a population of 4,798,388 people, with 1,440,000, or 30 percent, of them Catholic.
Keywords: Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello, retirement, Diocese of Brooklyn


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