The Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced last Friday that Archbishop Schnurr will succeed Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, 74, upon the latter’s retirement.
“I hope that all the members of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are as happy as I am about the appointment of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr as coadjutor archbishop of our local church,” said Archbishop Pilarczyk. “I wish Archbishop Schnurr many years of fruitful and joyous service in our midst. I know that the days of all of us will be bright because of his ministry here.”
Dennis Schnurr is a native of Sheldon, Iowa. He studied to be a canon lawyer in Rome, and was ordained in 1974 as a priest of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa.
Father Schnurr served as the national executive director of the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, and from 1995-2001 served as general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference.
Appointed bishop of Duluth in 2001, Bishop Schnurr currently serves as treasurer of the U.S. episcopal conference.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 26th largest diocese in the United States, with almost 500,000 Catholics and 220 parishes.