New Archbishops for Detroit and Vancouver

And Orange, California Gets New Auxiliary

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DETROIT, Michigan, JAN. 6, 2009 ( Oakland, California’s Bishop Allen Vigneron is returning to his home Archdiocese of Detroit, to replace retiring Cardinal Adam Maida as the archbishop.

That appointment, as well as the resignation of Bishop John McRaith, 74, of Owensboro, Kentucky, and the naming of Father Cirilo Flores as an auxiliary bishop of Orange, California, were announced Monday.

Cardinal Maida, 78, served as the archbishop of Detroit since 1990.

Allen Vigneron, 60, was born in 1948 in Michigan and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1975. He worked in the Vatican Secretariat of State from 1991 to 1994. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1994. In 2003, he was moved to California to be bishop of Oakland.

Cirilo Flores was born in California in 1948 and ordained a priest in 1991.

Meanwhile in Canada, Archbishop Raymond Roussin, 69, of Vancouver, retired for reasons of health. Vancouver’s Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Miller, 62, now takes on full leadership of the archdiocese.

Michael Miller was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1946, and ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

From 1992 to 1997, he worked in the Vatican Secretariat of State, before returning to the University of St. Thomas, in Houston, Texas, to be the university president.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, at the same time naming him archbishop. In 2007, he was named coadjutor archbishop of Vancouver.

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