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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Bishops down south

The Holy Father today has named the Most Reverend Kevin Joseph Farrell as Bishop of Dallas, having accepted the retirement of the Most Reverend Charles Victor Grahmann. Up to now, Bishop Farrell has been an Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. Bishop Farrell was born in 1947 in Dublin, Ireland. He studied at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He obtained degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He also received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

He joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1966 and was ordained a priest December 24, 1978. After ordination, he served in the following positions: Chaplain at the University of Monterrey in Mexico, Professor of Economics, and Administrator General with responsibility for the seminaries and schools of the Legionaries of Christ in Italy, Spain and Ireland.

Beginning in 1983 he exercised pastoral ministry at the parish of St. Bartholomew in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1984 he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Washington. He subsequently served in the following positions: Assistant Pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Director of the Spanish Catholic Center, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Secretary for Financial Affairs, and Pastor of Annunciation parish.

He was named Auxiliary Bishop in 2001 and consecrated February 11, 2002. He was also appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

In addition to English, Bishop Farrell knows Spanish and Italian.

The Holy Father today also named Monsignor Glen John Provost as Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana (which has been a vacant see for some time). Bishop-elect Provost is a priest of the nearby Diocese of Lafayette and up to now has been Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish. He was born in 1949 in Lafayette and went to school there. He studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and obtained his Theology degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (a good day for the Angelicum). He also obtained a Masters of Science in English Literature from the University of South Louisiana.

Bishop-elect Provost was ordained a priest June 29, 1975 in St. Peter’s Basilica. He subsequently served as Assistant Pastor at St. Mary Magdalene parish in Abbeville and then Pastor of St. Leo IV parish in Roberts Cove, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, and then Our Lady of Fatima (since 1998). He has also served as Judge on the Diocesan Tribunal, member of the Diocesan School Board, President of the Presbyteral Council, Dean of the West Lafayette Deanery, member of the College of Consultors, member of the Diocesan Building Committee, Board Member for the Lafayette Catholic Service Center/Opelousas Housing Corporation, and Chaplain for the Lafayette Serra Club. He was made a monsignor in 1988.

In addition to English, Bishop-elect Provost knows French, Italian, and Spanish.