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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bishops in Ireland and America

The Holy Father has named as Bishop of Great Falls-Billings, Montana (USA), the Most Reverned Michael W. Warfel, up to now Bishop of Juneau, Alaska.

Bishop Warfel was born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1948, where he also attended grade school. He studied for a year at Indiana University, before serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Korea. In 1972 he entered the "Ateneo of Ohio" (the major seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati) where he did his philosophy and theology studies. He was ordained a priest April 26, 1980 in the Cathedral of South Bend for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska. After ordination, he was Parochial Vicar of St. Benedict’s parish in Anchorage from 1980 to 1985, Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Wasilla from 1985 to 1989, and then Pastor of St. Mary’s parish in Kodiak from 1989 to 1995. In the meantime he studied at St. Michael’s College in Winoosci, Vermont, from which he earned a Master’s Degree in Sacred Scripture in 1991. In 1995, he was made Pastor of our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Anchorage and head of the Archdiocese’s Hispanic Apostolate. He was named Bishop of Juneau in November 1996 and consecrated December 17 that same year.

The Holy Father has accepted the retirement of the Most Reverend Thomas Flynn as Bishop of Achonry, Ireland, and has named as his successor the Reverend Canon Brendan Kelly, up to now Vicar General of the Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh.

Bishop-elect Kelly was born in Ballinakill, (Diocese of Clonfert) in 1946. He studied at St. Mary’s College in Galway and then studied theology at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth. He was ordained a priest June 20, 1971. After ordination, he was for several years a teachers at various schools in the Diocese. From 1986 to 1995 he was President of Our Lady’s College at Gort. From 1995 to 1996 he spent a year with the Arche movement in France, dedicated to supporting the handicapped. From 1996 to 2003 he was Pastor of Lisdoonvarna in County Clare. In 2002 he was named a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter and Vicar Forane for the Kilfenora Deanery. In 2003 he was Pastor of Spiddal. He has been Vicar General of the diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh since 2006.