Archbishops and bishops

Bishop Cordileon named bishop of Oakland

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Diego as bishop of Oakland, Calif.

The appointment was announced in Washington March 23 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Cordileone, 52, succeeds Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, who had headed the Oakland Diocese since 2003 until his appointment as Detroit archbishop in January.

He will be installed May 5 at Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Bishop Cordileone was named auxiliary bishop of San Diego July 5, 2002, after having served as an official of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in Rome since 1995.

As a bishop he has served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and on the USCCB’s Task Force on Cultural Diversity.

Bishop Morin named to lead Biloxi Diocese

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop Roger P. Morin of New Orleans to head the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss.

The appointment was announced in Washington March 2 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Morin’s predecessor in Biloxi now is the head of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Ala., Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi. He has been apostolic administrator of the Mississippi diocese since his April 2008 appointment to Mobile.

Bishop Morin, who turns 68 March 7, has been a New Orleans auxiliary since 2003. He will be installed as the third bishop of Biloxi April 27 at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi.

"I have known Bishop Morin for many years and have consistently been impressed by his dedication and talents," Archbishop Rodi said in a statement.

"I am confident that, with God’s help, he will powerfully proclaim the word of God, join the people of Mississippi in praising God and lead in making the love of God visible to the poor throughout the charitable efforts of the church," he said.

The archbishop said that particularly noteworthy for Gulf Coast Catholics is the fact that Bishop Morin "is no stranger to the devastation of hurricanes, particularly Katrina."

He praised the bishop for his efforts to rebuild parishes, schools and charitable ministries in the New Orleans Archdiocese after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"He knows firsthand the challenges and difficulties involved in hurricane recovery," Archbishop Rodi said. "Despite these challenges, he has fostered the revival of the Church and the community with faith and perseverance."

Born in Lowell, Mass., March 7, 1941, Roger Morin attended elementary and secondary schools in Dracut, Mass., Lowell and Boston. He was in seminary studies at Boston’s Cardinal O’Connell and St. John’s seminaries, 1962-68. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. John’s in 1966, and then pursued graduate studies in theology there.

He first went to New Orleans in 1967 to work in the Church’s new Witness program, run by the archdiocese’s Social Apostolate.

A year later he was invited by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, then head of the New Orleans Archdiocese, to return and help with an inner-city summer program for the poor. The future priest stayed and became director of a neighborhood social service organization run by the Social Apostolate.

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