Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop, 75, Steps Down

NEW YORK, OCT. 27, 2005 ( Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop René Valero, who reached the retirement age of 75.

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René Valero was born in New York on Aug. 15, 1930. He was ordained a priest of the Brooklyn Diocese in June 1956. He earned a master’s degree in social work at Fordham University in 1962.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn in October 1980.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Pope appointed Father David McGough, a parish priest in Stourbridge, England, as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Bishop-elect McGough, 60, is scheduled to receive episcopal ordination on Dec. 8.

David Christopher McGough was born Nov. 20, 1944, in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Among other places, he studied at the Venerable English College in Rome. He was ordained a priest in March 1970.

After a year teaching at the diocesan seminary he returned to Rome for postgraduate studies and gained a degree in sacred Scripture in 1974.

Canon McGough taught Scripture to seminarians at Oscott College from 1974 until 1989. Since 1986 he worked as a pastor in parishes.

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