MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, JUNE 25, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Dolan of St. Louis to be archbishop of Milwaukee, the Vatican Press Office announced.
Archbishop-designate Dolan succeeds Rembert Weakland, whose retirement was accepted last month after it became public that he had paid $450,000 to a former theology student 20 years ago to settle an accusation of sexual abuse. Weakland denied that he ever abused anyone.
Monsignor Timothy Dolan was named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis last year. He had served as rector of the North American College (NAC) in Rome from 1994 to 2001.
Born Feb. 6, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Cardinal Glennon College. He completed his studies for the priesthood at the NAC and the University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the St. Louis Archdiocese on June 19, 1976.
After a parish assignment, he was assigned to further studies at the Catholic University of America and later appointed to the staff of the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C.
Before serving as rector of the NAC, he served as vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He holds a licentiate in theology and a doctorate in Church history.
Father Dolan was named a Prelate of Honor to the Pope in 1994 with the title of monsignor.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is comprised of 10 counties in southeastern Wisconsin. It has a Catholic population of about 700,000 out of a total population of about 2.2 million.