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January 18, 2010

Pope Names Austin, Texas Administrator to Succeed Bishop Edmond Carmody as Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. W. Michael Mulvey, 60, administrator of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, to be bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Edmond Carmody,76,  from pastoral governance of the Corpus Christi Diocese, January 18.
The appointment and resignation were publicized in Washington, January 18, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
William Michael Mulvey was born in Houston, August 23, 1949. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at St. Edward’s University, Austin; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Angelicum University in Rome, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Austin in 1975.

Assignments in Texas after ordination included Associate Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish, Taylor; Associate Pastor, St. Louis’s Parish, Austin; temporary administrator, St. Anthony Claret Parish, Kyle; Chaplain, Reicher Catholic High School, Waco; Spiritual Director, St. Mary’s Seminary, Austin; Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, College Station; and staff of the Focolari Movement in New York. In Texas, he also served as Pastor of St. Helen’s Parish, Georgetown,
and Chancellor, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in the Austin Diocese. The diocesan College of Consultors elected him administrator of the diocese after Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin left the diocese to be installed as Archbishop of New Orleans, August 20, 2009.

Bishop Carmody, a native of Ireland, studied for the priesthood in Ireland and was ordained for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, in 1957. He worked in several parishes in the archdiocese and as a missionary in Peru and Ecuador and was named auxiliary bishop of San Antonio in 1988. He was named Bishop of Tyler, Texas, in 1992, and Bishop of Corpus Christi in 2000.

The Diocese of Corpus Christi has 17,000 square miles. It has a population of 565,158 people, with 395,611, or 70 per cent, of them Catholic.

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