Pope Francis has appointed two new bishops in the United States today. The Holy See announced that the Pope named Fr. John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., as Bishop of Lexington (Kentucky) and Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly as Bishop of Spokane (Washington).
Bishop-elect Stowe was serving as Vicar Provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation prior to his nomination. Born in Ohio, the newly-appointed Bishop served as the rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.
He also served as Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Diocese of El Paso in Texas.
Prior to his appointment this morning, Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly served as Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose in California. The San Francisco native served in various functions, including chaplain of San Francisco Police Department, and involved in charitable and educational associations.
He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose, California in 2011.