D.C. Auxiliary to Head Bridgeport Diocese

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 23, 2001 (Zenit.org).-

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The Holy Father has named Auxiliary Bishop William Edward Lori of Washington, D.C., as the new bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

He succeeds Bishop Edward Egan, who became archbishop of New York last year.

Bishop Lori was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 6, 1951. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help´s parish primary school in New Albany, Indiana, the secondary school of St. Mary´s Seminary in St. Mary´s, Kentucky, and St. Pius X Seminary´s College in Covington, Kentucky.

From 1973 to 1977, he completed his studies in theology at St. Mary´s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

He was ordained a priest on May 14, 1977, for the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1977 to 1982, he studied at Catholic University in Washington, where he obtained a degree in sacramental theology.

The new bishop has held the following posts: vice-parish priest of St. Joseph´s parish in Landover, Maryland (1977-1982); director of the archdiocese´s Ecumenical Office, and assistant professor at the Catholic University of Washington (1982-1984); personal secretary and theological adviser to Cardinal James Hickey (1984-1994).

Since 1994, he has been chancellor, moderator of the Curia, and general vicar of the archdiocese. Nominated titular bishop of Bulla and auxiliary of Washington on Feb. 28, 1995, he was consecrated on April 20 of that year.

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