Bishop Wuerl Succeeding Cardinal McCarrick in D.C.
May 29, 2006
Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington and appointed Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh as his successor.
WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 16, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Imesch, 74, of Joliet, Illinois, and named Bishop J. Peter Sartain, 53, of Little Rock, Arkansas, to succeed him.
The announcement was published today by the Vatican press office.
Donald Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, 1940, and received graduate degrees from the Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome, and his doctorate in theology from the University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum, in Rome, in 1974.
Ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 17, 1966, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Seattle on Dec. 3, 1985 and ordained Jan. 6, 1986.
He was installed as the bishop of Pittsburgh on Feb. 12, 1988, where he is spiritual leader of some 800,000 Catholics in 214 parishes throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
He was widely known from the television program "The Teaching of Christ," broadcast on the Christian Associates cable channel, and through its national syndication.
The prelates' best-selling adult catechism of the same name, now in its 30th year of publication, has been translated into more than 10 languages and is used throughout the world. His most recent publication, "The Catholic Way," was published by Doubleday in September 2001.
The now archbishop serves on numerous national and international bodies, is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Catechesis, and serves on a number of boards including the Catholic University of America, the North American College in Rome, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and the Pope John Paul II Intercultural Forum.
Bishop Wuerl had given ZENIT interviews on faithful citizenship (Dec. 18-19, 2003) and the Compendium of the Catechism (Nov. 22-23, 2005).
Theodore McCarrick was born in New York City on July 7, 1930. He was installed as archbishop of Washington on Jan. 4, 2001, and was elevated to the College of Cardinals the following month.
The Archdiocese of Washington comprises the District of Columbia and five counties in Maryland. It has a Catholic population of about 579,000 out of a total population of 2.6 million.
The new bishop of Joliet, James Peter Sartain, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 6, 1952.
He began preparations for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana, and completed them at the North American College in Rome, where he attended the Angelicum. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Memphis on July 15, 1978.
Besides various parochial assignments, Father Sartain served the Memphis Diocese as director of vocations, secretary for priests and deacons, vicar for temporal administration and for clergy personnel, chancellor and moderator of the Curia, and vicar general. He was appointed bishop of Little Rock, on Jan. 4, 2000.
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Imesch of Detroit was appointed bishop of Joliet on June 30, 1979, and installed the following Aug. 28.
The Diocese of Joliet has about 636,000 Catholics in a total population of 1.76 million.