Friday, June 27, 2008

Archbishop Burke is going to Rome

THe Holy Father appointed Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, MO, as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. The Apostolic Signatura is the Supreme Tribunal of the Church. It is sort of like the Supreme Court of the Church.

This is a great appointment for Archbishop Burke who will almost certainly be receiving a nice red hat I am sure. It is a loss for the US Church though. I'm pretty sure that his leadership will be missed.

His appointment brings the number of vacant sees in the US to 9. We continue to pray for a new Bishop here in the diocese of New Ulm.

DioceseTypeDate VacantLast BishopEvent
Biloxi, MississippiDiocese2 Apr 2008Thomas John RodiAppointed, Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama
Charleston, South CarolinaDiocese14 Aug 2007Robert Joseph BakerAppointed, Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama
Gallup, New MexicoDiocese30 Apr 2008Donald Edmond Pelotte, S.S.S.Resigned
Green Bay, WisconsinDiocese18 Jul 2007David Allen ZubikAppointed, Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Juneau, AlaskaDiocese20 Nov 2007Michael William WarfelAppointed, Bishop of Great Falls-Billings, Montana
Knoxville, TennesseeDiocese12 Jun 2007Joseph Edward KurtzAppointed, Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky
New Ulm, MinnesotaDiocese24 Apr 2007John Clayton NienstedtAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Louis, MissouriArchdiocese27 Jun 2008Raymond Leo BurkeAppointed, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
Saint Thomas, American Virgin IslandsDiocese30 Jan 2007George Vance Murry, S.J.Appointed, Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio

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