Pope Francis has named Fr. Robert P. Reed and Fr. Mark O’Connell as auxiliaries of the Archdiocese of Boston, where they will join four other auxiliaries in assisting Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
Robert Reed was born in Boston in 1959, and ordained a priest in 1985. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, a Master’s degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, and a Master’s degree in broadcast administration from the University of Boston. He has served in the Archdiocese of Boston as parish vicar, member of the Clergy Personnel Board, director of the archdiocesan radio apostolate, pastor of several parishes, and ad interim president of iCatholic Media. He is currently director of “Catholic TV” in Watertown and secretary of the Catholic Media Group/BCTV in Braintree.
Mark O’Connell was born in Scarborough, Canada, in 1964 and ordained a priest in 1990. He holds a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of the Sacred Heart. He has served in the Archdiocese of Boston as parish vicar, chaplain of the Salem State College, asssistant to the Moderator of the Curia for canonical affairs and adjunct judicial vicar. He is currently professor of canon law at the St. John Seminary, vice chancellor and judicial vicar.
Cardinal O’Malley sits on Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals.
The Archdiocese of Boston has a population of more than 4 million with close to half of them being Catholic. They are served by just over 1,000 priests and about 2,000 religious as well as some 280 permanent deacons.
Also today, Pope Francis named Monsignor Tomislav Rogić as bishop of Šibenik, Croatia.
Tomislav Rogić was born in Senj, Croatia, in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1991. He holds a licentiate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served in a number of offices, including parish vicar, professor of biblical theology and the major seminary of Rijeka, vicar general, parish priest and dean. He is currently parish priest and dean of Udbina and rector of the National Shrine to Croatian Martyrs at Udbina.
He succeeds Bishop Ante Ivas, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
The Diocese of Šibenik has a population of some 108,000 with about 91,000 Catholics. They are served by around 85 priests and 135 religious.