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April 20, 2010

Pope Names Orlando Bishop As Archbishop Of Miami, Chicago Auxiliary Bishop As Bishop Of Springfield In Illinois

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Florida, 59, as Archbishop of Miami, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop John C. Favalora, 74, from the pastoral governance of the Miami Archdiocese. The same day the pope also named Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, 57, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, as Bishop of Springfield in Illinois.
The appointments and resignation were made public in Washington, April 20, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Thomas G. Wenski was born October 18, 1950, in West Palm Beach, Florida. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, and was ordained a priest of the Miami Archdiocese in 1976. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Miami in 1997, and bishop of Orlando in 2003.

Bishop Wenski holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Fordham University and has served as chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). He also has served as chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, and a member of the Task Force on Cultural Diversity in the Church.

Archbishop Favalora, a native of New Orleans, was named archbishop of Miami in 1994. Before that he was bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana, 1986-1989, and bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1989-1994.

The Miami Archdiocese includes 4,958 square miles. It has a population of 4,264,581, with 736,089, or 17 percent, of them Catholic.

Thomas J. Paprocki was born in Chicago, August 5, 1952, and studied for the priesthood at Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, where he earned a licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1978. He holds a Doctor of Civil Law from De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, and a Doctor of Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was named an auxiliary bishop of Chicago in 2003. He has served on the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and the Task Force on Health Care.                 

The Springfield Diocese includes 15,139 square miles. It has a population of 1,141,749, with 161,206, or 14 percent, of them Catholic.

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