John P. Dolan appointed new bishop to Catholic Diocese in Phoenix

The Diocese of Phoenix will be led by Bishop John P. Dolan, formerly the auxiliary bishop of San Diego.

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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