Bishop Named for New Mexico

GALLUP, New Mexico, FEB. 5, 2009 ( Benedict XVI appointed Father James Wall, the episcopal vicar for the clergy for the Diocese of Phoenix, as the new bishop of Gallup.

Bishop-designate Wall, 44, will fill the see left vacant last April when Bishop Donald Pelotte retired.

James Wall was born in Ganado, Arizona. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Phoenix in 1998.

The Gallup Diocese is made up of 57,927 Catholics, 53 priests, 31 permanent deacons and 138 religious.