Bishop Named for Burlington, Vermont

And Archbishop for Dakar, Senegal

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Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis, 56, has been named the bishop of Burlington, Vermont.

Christopher Coyne was born June 17, 1958, in Woburn, Massachusetts. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1986. 

The Diocese of Burlington has been a vacant see since November 2013, when then-Bishop Salvatore Matano was named Bishop of Rochester, New York. 

The diocese has a total population of 625,000 of which 117,000, or 19%, are Catholic. They are served by about 130 priests, 40 permanent deacons and 150 religious. 


The Holy Father also appointed Bishop Benjamin Ndiaye of Kaolack, Senegal, as archbishop of Dakar, Senegal. 

The 66-year-old bishop succeeds Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, who resigned from the pastoral care of the archdiocese upon reaching the age limit.

Benjamin Ndiaye was born Oct. 28, 1948, and ordained a priest in 1977. He was made bishop of Kaolack in 2001.

The archdiocese has a population of some 3.7 million, with about 455,000 Catholics.

They are served by around 170 priests and 645 religious.

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