2 Auxiliary Bishops Named for U.S. Military Archdiocese

Including an Irish Native

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WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 7, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Monsignor Richard Higgins and Monsignor Joseph Estabrook as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A.

The episcopal ordination will be celebrated July 3 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., the Archdiocese for the Military Services announced.

Richard Higgins was ordained on March 9, 1968, as a priest of the Sacramento Diocese in California. He has been an Air Force chaplain since 1974.

Currently, Bishop-elect Higgins is wing chaplain for the 10th Air Base Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A native of Longford, Ireland, he was born on Feb. 22, 1944. He received his bachelor of philosophy degree in 1964 and his licentiate in sacred theology in 1968 from the Lateran University in Rome.

Joseph Estabrook was ordained on May 30, 1969, as a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York. He has been a Navy chaplain since 1977.

Currently, Bishop-elect Estabrook serves as command chaplain at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

A native of Albany, Joseph Estabrook was born on May 19, 1944. He is an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York. He completed graduate studies in ethics from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, in 1989.

The Archdiocese for the Military Services serves military personnel and families at 220 installations in 29 countries, and patients in 172 Veterans Administration Medical Centers. It is also responsible for federal employees serving in 134 countries.

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