New Bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Houma-Thibodaux, and Charlotte

VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Pope John Paul II appointed three new bishops today to fill vacancies in the dioceses of Brooklyn, New York; Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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After accepting the resignation of Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, the Holy Father and appointed Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio of Camden as his successor.

The Pope also appointed Bishop Sam G. Jacobs of Alexandria, Louisiana, as bishop of the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. He succeeds Bishop Michael Jarrell, who was transferred to Lafayette, Louisiana, on November 8, 2002.

Father Peter J. Jugis, currently judicial vicar of the diocese of Charlotte, and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Monroe, has been appointed as bishop of Charlotte. Bishop-elect Jugis succeeds Bishop William G. Curlin, who resigned November 10, 2002.

The news was published today by the Holy See’s Press Office.

Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio was born in Newark, June 16, 1944. He studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Newark, Seton Hall University, the archdiocesan seminary in Darlington, and Rutgers University, where he earned a degree in public administration.

Ordained a priest of the Newark Archdiocese on May 30, 1970, he was parochial vicar of St. Nicholas in Jersey City from 1970-1976, director of the archdiocesan office of Migration from 1976-1984, and pastor of Holy Rosary, Jersey City, from 1984-1986.

From 1986-1991, Bishop DiMarzio was executive director of Migration and Refugee Services of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the largest private refugee resettlement agency in the country. Later he served as chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Migration Committee, which oversees the work of that agency.

Bishop emeritus Thomas V. Daily was born on September 23, 1927, in Belmont, Massachusetts. He studied at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, January 10, 1952. He was appointed titular bishop of Bladia and auxiliary bishop of Boston on December 31, 1974.

On July 17 1984, he was named bishop of Palm Beach, FL, on July 17, 1984. Bishop Daily was later appointed bishop of Brooklyn on February 20, 1990.

The diocese of Brooklyn comprises Kings and Queens Counties in the State of New York. Its Catholic population of 1,824,642 (in a total population of 4,689,802) includes one of the largest concentrations of diverse immigrant communities in the country.

The new bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, Sam G. Jacobs, was born in Greenwood, Michigan, March 4, 1938. He studied at the Catholic University of America where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees, and was ordained a priest of the diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, on June 6, 1964.

Bishop Jacobs was appointed bishop of Alexandria on July 11, 1989, and ordained on August 24, 1989.

The diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, established June 5, 1977, comprises the parishes of Lafourche, Terrebonne, and parts of St. Mary and Jefferson. It has a Catholic population of 126,000 in a total population of 202,000. Bishop Jacobs will be the third bishop in the 26-year history of the diocese.

Peter J. Jugis, bishop-elect of Charlotte, was born there on March 3, 1957. He attended the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he earned a degree in business administration in 1978.

After beginning studies for the priesthood, he was sent to the North American College in Rome and studied theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 12, 1983. He received the JCL in Canon Law from the Gregorian in 1984, and a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1992.

Bishop-elect Jugis was appointed director of the Diocesan Tribunal and judicial vicar in 1997 and appointed pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2002.

The diocese of Charlotte, established in 1972, includes the 46 western counties of the State of North Carolina. It has a Catholic population of about 135,000 in a total population of over four million.

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