Change in Washington
Archbishop-designate Wuerl, 65, was born in Pittsburgh. He studied at St. Mary of the Mount School in Pittsburgh, St. Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati and then Catholic University of America. He completed his priestly formation and studies at the Pontifical North American College, attending the Pontifical Gregorian University and then the Pontifical University of St. Thomas where he completed a Doctorate in Theology.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1966. He served as Assistant Pastor at St. Rosalia parish in Pittsburgh until 1968 when he began serving as Secretary to Bishop John Wright and followed him to Rome when Bishop Wright was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and worked at the Congregation until after Cardinal Wright died in 1979. He then served as Vice Rector and then Rector of St. Paul Seminary back in Pittsburgh from 1980 to 1985.
At the end of 1985, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and was consecrated bishop January 6, 1986. The Archbishop of Seattle at the time, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, was somewhat controversial and Bishop Wuerl was given special authority by the Holy See over certain aspects of the Archdiocese. This awkward situation came to an end with the appointment of a Coadjutor two years later.
Archbishop-designate Wuerl became Bishop of Pittsburgh in 1988 and has served on a number of committees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also participated in the most recent Synod of Bishops.
Archbishop-designate Wuerl is also a well-known theologian and writer. His adult catechism "The Teaching of Christ" is in its 30th year of publication and has been translated into more than 10 languages. This and several other titles are available on Amazon.com, etc.
In addition to English, Archbishop-designate Wuerl also speaks Italian, French and Spanish.