Archbishops and bishops

Newly named Dallas bishop says he'll build on predecessor's 'great work'

Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska, smiles during a Dec. 13 news conference in Dallas after Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Dallas. He succeeds now-Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who headed the diocese until he was named in August to be the first prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life.

DALLAS (CNS) -- Bishop Edward J. Burns met with staff at the Catholic pastoral center in Dallas the morning of Dec. 13, asking for their prayers, telling them that he had already been praying for them and saying that he looked forward to working with them and others doing God's work.

Head of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, since 2009, Bishop Burns, 59, was named that day by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, succeeding Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who is now the prefect of the new Vatican office for the laity, family and life.

Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas July 8. Bishop Farrell was appointed to direct the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

The Dublin-born bishop will celebrate his 69th birthday Sept. 2, the day after the new Vatican office officially begins its work.

Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter

As a citizen of this country, as a Catholic Priest and Bishop, and as an African-American, I am deeply distressed by the recent violent eruptions of the racial divide in the United States. Last week, I served as the Catholic Chaplain during Week Three of the nine-week summer session at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Moral Leadership in Action was the week's theme.

Bishop Rice gets thanks for personable style, faithfully serving God

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto 

Bishop Edward Rice will be heading south to become the Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.  A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  It was attended by friends and family of the Bishop.  "You are all pieces of the mosaic of my life," he said during his homily. Before entering Mass he joked with Father David Milsocia, Father Charles Sampson and Father Raymond Buehler.

Bishop Edward Rice's personable, relaxed style and his example of faithfully serving God and His people were on display at a Mass May 24 in which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Catholics bid him farewell and thanked him for his years of service to the archdiocese. He's headed to southern Missouri to lead the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, pope tells U.S. bishops

Pope Francis addressed bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the
U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his
own experience as a pastor and urged them to keep their eyes focused on
Jesus and their hearts open to others.

"Woe to us," he said, "if
we make of the cross a banner of worldly struggles and fail to realize
that the price of lasting victory is allowing ourselves to be wounded
and consumed."

The 78-year-old pope met the U.S. bishops Sept. 23
in Washington's Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for midday prayer.

Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop named to lead Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Bishop James V. Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is seen in this undated photo. Pope Francis has named Bishop Johnston the new bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph..

With "great delight and appreciation," Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop James V. Johnston to lead the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Bishop Johnston, 55, will be the seventh man installed in that post, with the installation set for Nov. 4. He'll succeed Bishop Robert W. Finn, who resigned in April. Bishop Johnston became Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop in March 2008, 15 months before Archbishop Carlson's installation in the St. Louis archdiocese.

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