Two new US bishops have been appointed by Pope Francis in
the last two days. Yesterday it was announced that Father John F. Doerfler,
currently vicar general for the Diocese of Green Bay, has been named the next
bishop of Marquette, Michigan; today Bishop Robert Deely, an auxiliary bishop
for the Archdiocese of Boston, was named bishop of Portland, Maine.
Bishop-designate Doerfler, 49, will succeed Archbishop Alexander
Sample, who was named head of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon in January
after serving as bishop of Marquette since 2006.
Catholic News Agency has
some biographical information about the new bishop, whose ordination is
scheduled for February 2014:
Born Nov. 2, 1964 in Appleton, Wisc., to Henry
and Germaine Doerfler, he graduated from Appleton West High School in 1983 and
received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and classics from the College of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
bishop-to-be was a seminarian at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he
earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. He holds a licentiate in canon
law from The Catholic University of America and both a licentiate and a
doctorate in sacred theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and
the Family in Washington, D.C.
Doerfler was ordained a priest on July 13, 1991.
served as parochial vicar and administrator at several parishes of the Green
Bay diocese, including St. John Nepomucene Parish in Little Chute, Holy Trinity
Parish in Casco, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Green Bay, St. Joseph Parish
in Sturgeon Bay, and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. He has also been rector of
the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis.
Doerfler has served in diocesan positions as chancellor and judge for the
tribunal. He has taught at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner
and has published several articles on medical ethics.
the chaplain to the northeast Wisconsin chapter of Legatus, an organization for
Catholic businessmen, and has served in Hispanic ministry. He has worked with
Catholic organizations including Teens Encounter Christ, Courage, Widows of
Prayer and Retrouivaille.
Deely will succeed Bishop Richard Malone as head of the Portland diocese.
The see has been vacant for 19 months, after Bishop Malone was named bishop of
Buffalo, New York last year. Bishop Deely is expected to be installed in
Portland in February.
Bishop Deeley, 67, was ordained
for the Boston Archdiocese in 1973. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Boston
Bishop-elect Deeley holds a
bachelor of arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a bachelor’s
degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and
a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian. …
He also has served as
archdiocesan chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, 1988-1991; spiritual director
for the Catholic Lawyers Guild, 1991-1999, and president of the Canon Law
Society of America, 2000.