Wednesday, March 7, 2007

New Bishop in Dallas!

We are excited in my Texas History class . . . we are experiencing a bit of history in the making!

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Auxiliary Bishop Kevin Farrell of Washington, D.C., as bishop of Dallas. The 59-year-old prelate succeeds Bishop Charles Grahmann, 75, who stepped down for reasons of age.

Kevin Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland, and joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1978. He obtained degrees from the Gregorian University and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, as well as a master's degree in business and administration from the University of Notre Dame.

After joining the Archdiocese of Washington in 1984, Father Farrell served in various positions. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of that archdiocese in 2001 and received episcopal ordination two months later. The Diocese of Dallas has 955,000 Catholics. It has 197 priests, 152 permanent deacons and 225 religious.

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