Archbishops and bishops

Zest for life defines 95-year-old staff member

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson welcomed Jimmy Munford into the new staff center and gathering space at the Cardinal Rigali Center Jan. 29. The room has been named after the 95-year-old who works at the archbishop’s residence in the Central West End. Munford’s son, Ron, accompanied his father.

The smile is ever-present and his eyes always sparkle.

Jimmy Munford, 95, demonstrates a zest for life.

In recent years Munford has received various honors for nearly 45 years of service at the archbishop's residence in the Central West End of St. Louis.

New bishop named for Camden Diocese, the New Jersey diocese designated by Catholic Charities of St. Louis to receive its hurricane relief donations.

WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Galante of Camden, N.J., and has named Auxiliary Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan of New York to succeed him.

The changes were announced in Washington Jan. 8 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.

Bishop Galante, 74, has headed the Camden Diocese since 2004. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, bishop of Beaumont, Texas, and coadjutor bishop of Dallas.

USCCB's strategic plan responds to church's call for new evangelization

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives a thumbs up as U.S. bishops consider a proposal to establish a new position of director for public affairs for the bishops' conference. The bishops' approved the proposal Nov. 13 during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's call for a new evangelization will guide the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next four years under a strategic plan adopted during the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Operating under the theme "Journey with Christ: Faith/Worship/Witness," the plan offers a "road map" for the conference to shape programs and activities to strengthen the faith of Catholics and position them to be active witnesses to their faith in all aspects of life.

Bishop Finn convicted on one charge of failure to report abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph was convicted Sept. 6 of one count of failing to report suspected child abuse and acquitted on another count in a brief bench trial.

Jackson County Circuit Judge John M. Torrence issued the verdict and quickly set and suspended a sentence of two years' probation. The charges carried a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

In a courtroom statement following the verdict, Bishop Finn said he truly regretted and was sorry for the hurt the events caused.

Cardinal George to start chemotherapy as tests reveal kidney cancer

CHICAGO -- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago will undergo a chemotherapy regimen after tests revealed the presence of cancer in his right kidney.

The chemotherapy treatments will begin Sept. 5. Under the regimen, Cardinal George will have two weeks of treatments followed by one week with no treatment to allow for his immune system to recover. The treatment schedule will continue for the rest of the year.

A hesitant missionary got a taste of Bolivia and never left

Sid Hastings
Bishop Morgan Casey (left) greeted Monsignor David Ratermann during a reception honoring the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Both Bishop Casey and Monsignor Rotermann served in the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Latin America Apostolate in Bolivia, since 1988 as Bishop of the Vicariate of the Pando.
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