Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Baltimore, Accepts resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Madden

December 5, 2016 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Adam Parker, vicar general and moderator of the Curia at the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Msgr. Mark Brennan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, as auxiliary bishops of Baltimore. He also accepted the resignation of Bishop Dennis Madden, 76, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore.  
The appointments and resignation were publicized in Washington, December 5, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.  

Adam Parker was born January 13, 1972. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Maryland, 1994. He pursued seminary studies at Saint Mary's Seminary and University, 1994-1995. He holds a bachelor degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1998, where he also earned a licentiate in sacred theology, 2001. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 27, 2000.

Assignments after ordination include: priest, Saint Peter Parish, Westernport, and other parishes in Western Maryland, 2000-2001; associate pastor, Saint Peter Parish, Saint Gabriel Parish, Barton, Saint Michael Parish, Frostburg, 2001-2005; administrator, Church of the Ascension, 2005-2006, and pastor, 2006-2007; vice chancellor and priest secretary to Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, 2007-2012; priest secretary to Cardinal O'Brien, 2012-2013; vice chancellor, 2013-2014; vicar general and moderator of the curia, 2014-present.

Mark Brennan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, February 6, 1947. He holds a bachelor of arts from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1969; and pursued seminary studies at Christ the King Seminary in Albany, New York, 1969-1970. In 1972 he received a licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1972; he also pursued a graduate degree at the Gregorian, 1974. He was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington on May 15, 1976.

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac, Maryland, 1976-1981, and Saint Pius X Parish, Bowie, 1981-1985; parochial vicar, Saint Bartholomew Parish, Bethesda, 1986-1988, pastoral care to Hispanic community, 1988-1989; director of vocations and priest programs, 1988-1998; pastor, Saint Thomas the Apostle parish, Washington, 1998-2003, Saint Martin of Tours Parish, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2003-present. Other assignments include: member, priest council, 1978-1981, 2009-2015; member, College of Consultors, 1998-2001, 2011-2016; vicar forane, 2002-2005; advocate, Metropolitan Tribunal, 2006.

Bishop Dennis Madden was born on March 8, 1940 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest on April 1, 1967. On May 10, 2005, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and ordained a bishop on August 24, 2005.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore comprises 1,854 square miles in the state of Maryland. It has a total population of 3,232,949 people of which 503,084 or 16 percent are Catholic. Archbishop William E. Lori is the archbishop of Baltimore since 2012.

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