John P. Dolan appointed new bishop to Catholic Diocese in Phoenix
Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan of San Diego to turn into chief of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, changing Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.
Olmstead has been bishop of Phoenix for greater than 18 years.
“My brothers and sisters in Christ, I have no doubt that you will come quickly to know our new bishop’s joyful spirit and his generous heart,” stated Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted throughout Friday’s press convention introducing Dolan.
After turning 75 in January and having reached the age restrict for bishops, Olmsted despatched a letter to Pope Francis asking for permission to retire.
After 5 months of discernment, Pope Francis accepted the request.
According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Dolan will start his new project in Phoenix in early August, taking on one of many “fastest growing” Catholic dioceses in the United States with an estimated 1.1 million Catholic inhabitants.
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“Last Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost, of all days, I received a call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre in Washington, D.C., who told me Pope Francis wished to appoint me to this wonderful portion of the Lord’s vineyard,” stated Dolan stated.
“And on that Feast of Pentecost, I said yes and now relying on the breathe and strength of the same holy spirit who came down upon the apostles, I ask our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Diocese of Phoenix, to help me continue to say ‘yes’ to the Lord as your new bishop.”
Dolan has served as a priest in the Diocese of San Diego for almost 28 years.
Reach breaking information reporter Haleigh Kochanski at [email protected] or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.
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