Bishop Named for Dodge City, Kansas

Santiago de Chile Gets New Archbishop

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DODGE CITY, Kansas, DEC. 15, 2010 ( Benedict XVI named Father John Brungardt, 52, of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, as bishop of Dodge City.

The Vatican announced today the appointment, and that the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald Gilmore, 68, who formerly headed the Dodge City Diocese.

John Brungardt was born in Salina, Kansas, and was ordained a priest in 1998 for the Wichita Diocese.

He has been serving as chancellor of the diocese, coordinator of Hispanic ministry for that area, and pastor of St. Mark Church.

The Dodge City Diocese has some 44,182 Catholics served by 44 priests, 9 permanent deacons and 81 religious.


Also today, the Vatican announced the Pontiff’s appointment of Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Concepcion, Chile, as archbishop of Santiago de Chile.

He succeeds Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, 77, who resigned due to reasons of age.

Archbishop Andrello has been serving as head of the Concepcion Archdiocese since 2006. Before that he was an auxiliary bishop of Santiago since 2001, after serving as bishop of Valdivia since 1996. He was ordained a Salesian priest in 1970.

The Santiago Archdiocese has 4,019,000 Catholics, with 854 priests, 295 permanent deacons and 3,100 religious.

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