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Nominations and Resignations

in a.d. 2019

DateAscendingEvent
2019.01.02

Ghana Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, C.S.Sp., Bishop of Sekondi–Takoradi (Ghana), was promoted as Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra (Ghana)

Mexico Bishop Salvador Martínez Pérez, Bishop emeritus of Huejutla (Mexico), passed away at 85

Philippines Fr. Rex Andrew Clement Alarcon was elected Bishop of Daet (Philippines)

2019.01.03

Argentina Bishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva, Titular Bishop of Lacubaza and Auxiliary Bishop of Lomas de Zamora (Argentina), was appointed as Bishop of Río Gallegos (Argentina)

Hong Kong Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung (楊鳴章), Bishop of Hong Kong 香港 (Hong Kong), passed away at 73

South Sudan Fr. Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla was elected Bishop of Torit (South Sudan)

2019.01.05

Canada Fr. Raymond Leslie O’Toole, S.F.M., Assistant Secretary General of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, passed away at 81

Chile Bishop Sergio Otoniel Contreras Navia, Bishop emeritus of Temuco (Chile), passed away at 92

2019.01.06

India Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias, S.F.X. resigned as Bishop of Port Blair (India)

Italy Abbot Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I., Abbot Ordinary emeritus of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata of the Italo-Albanese (Italy) and Superior General emeritus of Italian Basilian Order of Grottaferrata, passed away at 80

2019.01.07

Philippines Msgr. Marvyn Abrea Maceda was elected Bishop of San Jose de Antique (Philippines)

2019.01.08

Brazil Bishop José Belvino do Nascimento, Bishop emeritus of Divinópolis (Brazil), passed away at 86

France Fr. Jean-Pierre Vuillemin was elected Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary Bishop of Metz (France)

Germany Archbishop Giorgio Zur, Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Austria, passed away at 88

Syria Bishop Armando Bortolaso, S.D.B., Vicar Apostolic emeritus of Aleppo (Syria), passed away at 92

2019.01.09

Brazil Fr. Walter Jorge Pinto was elected Bishop of União da Vitória (Brazil)

USA Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze, Bishop emeritus of Biloxi (USA), passed away at 95

2019.01.11

Colombia Bishop Rafael Arcadio Bernal Supelano, C.SS.R., Bishop emeritus of Líbano–Honda (Colombia), passed away at 84

India Bishop Charles Soreng, S.J., Bishop emeritus of Hazaribag (India), passed away at 84

2019.01.12

Papua New Guinea Bishop Christian Conrad Blouin, C.M.M., Bishop emeritus of Lae (Papua New Guinea), passed away at 77

Portugal Bishop Nuno Brás da Silva Martins, Titular Bishop of Elvas and Auxiliary Bishop of Lisboa (Portugal), was appointed as Bishop of Funchal (Portugal)

Portugal Bishop António José Cavaco Carrilho resigned as Bishop of Funchal (Portugal)

2019.01.13

Colombia Fr. Hency Martínez Vargas was elected Bishop of La Dorada–Guaduas (Colombia)

Colombia Bishop Oscar Aníbal Salazar Gómez resigned as Bishop of La Dorada–Guaduas (Colombia)

Uruguay Bishop Roberto Reinaldo Cáceres González, Bishop emeritus of Melo (Uruguay), passed away at 97

2019.01.14

Bolivia Bishop Gonzalo Ramiro de Jesús María del Castillo Crespo, O.C.D., Military Ordinary emeritus of Bolivia (Bolivia), passed away at 82

2019.01.15

Italy Dr. Paolo Vian was appointed as Vice-Prefect of Vatican Secret Archives

Italy Prof. Paolo Cherubini resigned as Vice-Prefect of Vatican Secret Archives

2019.01.16

Spain Bishop Cecilio Raúl Berzosa Martínez resigned as Bishop of Ciudad Rodrigo (Spain)

2019.01.17

France Fr. Benoît Bertrand was elected Bishop of Mende (France)

India Bishop Yvon Ambroise resigned as Bishop of Tuticorin (India)

India Fr. Stephen Antony Pillai was elected Bishop of Tuticorin (India)

Italy Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, was appointed as Superintendent of the Economy of Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel

Italy Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations of Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, was appointed as Head of Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel

Nigeria Fr. Francis Obafemi Adesina was elected Bishop of Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria)

Nigeria Bishop Albert Ayinde Fasina resigned as Bishop of Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria)

Spain Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.J. resigned as President of Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

2019.01.19

Italy Archbishop Benvenuto Italo Castellani resigned as Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)

Italy Bishop Paolo Giulietti, Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese and Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia–Città della Pieve (Italy), was promoted as Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)

2019.01.20

Italy Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu took possession as Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lino

2019.01.22

USA Fr. Joseph Lawrence Coffey was elected Titular Bishop of Arsacal and Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of United States of America (USA)

USA Fr. William James Muhm was elected Titular Bishop of Capsus and Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of United States of America (USA)

USA Bishop John Mortimer Fourette Smith, Bishop emeritus of Trenton (USA), passed away at 83

2019.01.23

Brazil Fr. José Benedito Cardoso was elected Titular Bishop of Castellum minus and Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo (Brazil)

2019.01.24

Spain Cardinal Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Cardinal-Priest of S. Angela Merici and Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela (Spain), passed away at 89

2019.01.25

Botswana Bishop Boniface Tshosa Setlalekgosi, Bishop emeritus of Gaborone (Botswana), passed away at 91

Canada Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop emeritus of Saint-Jean–Longueuil (Canada), passed away at 84

Italy Bishop Vigilio Mario Olmi, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Brescia (Italy), passed away at 91

Mexico Archbishop José Antonio Fernández Hurtado, Metropolitan Archbishop of Durango (Mexico), was appointed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Tlalnepantla (Mexico)

Peru Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne resigned as Metropolitan Archbishop of Lima (Peru)

Peru Fr. Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio was elected Metropolitan Archbishop of Lima (Peru)

Spain Bishop Jaume Traserra Cunillera, Bishop emeritus of Solsona (Spain), passed away at 84

2019.01.26

Sierra Leone Bishop Henry Aruna, Titular Bishop of Nasbinca and Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema (Sierra Leone), was appointed as Bishop of Kenema (Sierra Leone)

Spain Cardinal Aquilino Bocos Merino, C.M.F. took possession as Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lucia del Gonfalone

Vietnam Bishop Laurent Chu Văn Minh resigned as Auxiliary Bishop of Hà Nôi (Vietnam)

2019.01.29

Venezuela Bishop Ángel Francisco Caraballo Fermín, Titular Bishop of Dagnum, Auxiliary Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) and Apostolic Administrator of Cabimas (Venezuela), was appointed as Bishop of Cabimas (Venezuela)

2019.01.30

China Bishop Peter Jin Lugang (靳祿崗), Bishop of Nanyang 南陽 (China), was uncanonically appointed as Coadjutor Bishop of Nanyang 南陽 (China)

Mexico Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, Cardinal-Priest of S. Policarpo and Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Morelia (Mexico), reached the age of 80 and became ineligible to vote in a future conclave (Mexico)

2019.01.31

USA Bishop Robert John Brennan, Titular Bishop of Erdonia and Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre (USA), was appointed as Bishop of Columbus (USA)

USA Bishop Frederick Francis Campbell resigned as Bishop of Columbus (USA)

2019.02.02

Croatia Msgr. Ante Jozić was elected Titular Archbishop of Cissa and Apostolic Nuncio to Cote d’Ivoire

Italy Msgr. Gianfranco Gallone was elected Titular Archbishop of Mottola and Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia

Ukraine Bishop Stanislav Szyrokoradiuk, O.F.M., Bishop of Kharkiv–Zaporizhia (Ukraine), was appointed as Coadjutor Bishop of Odessa–Simferopol (Ukraine) and Apostolic Administrator of Kharkiv–Zaporizhia (Ukraine)

USA Bishop Walter James Edyvean, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Boston (USA), passed away at 80

2019.02.04

England Bishop Robert Byrne, C.O., Titular Bishop of Concangis and Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham (England), was appointed as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (England)

England Bishop Séamus Cunningham resigned as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (England)

Italy Archbishop Luigi Bianco, Apostolic Nuncio to Ethiopia, Special Representative to African Union (AU), Apostolic Nuncio to Djibouti and Apostolic Delegate to Somalia, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda

2019.02.10

Philippines Bishop Dinualdo Destajo Gutierrez, Bishop emeritus of Marbel (Philippines), passed away at 79

Philippines Bishop Nicolas Mollenedo Mondejar, Bishop emeritus of San Carlos (Philippines), passed away at 94

2019.02.11

Angola Bishop Joaquim Ferreira Lopes, O.F.M. Cap. resigned as Bishop of Viana (Angola)

Angola Bishop Emílio Sumbelelo, Bishop of Uíje (Angola), was appointed as Bishop of Viana (Angola)

Ghana Fr. John Alphonse Asiedu, S.V.D. was elected Vicar Apostolic of Donkorkrom (Ghana)

Tanzania Bishop Renatus Leonard Nkwande, Bishop of Bunda (Tanzania), was promoted as Metropolitan Archbishop of Mwanza (Tanzania)

2019.02.12

Nigeria Fr. Patrick Eluke was elected Titular Bishop of Photice and Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt (Nigeria)

Poland Msgr. Arkadiusz Okroj was elected Titular Bishop of Cufruta and Auxiliary Bishop of Pelplin (Poland)

Spain Fr. Joseba Segura Etxezarraga was elected Titular Bishop of Baza and Auxiliary Bishop of Bilbao (Spain)

2019.02.13

USA Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Resigned cardinalate, was appointed as Lay state

2019.02.14

Poland Fr. Wojciech Skibicki was elected Titular Bishop of Casæ nigræ and Auxiliary Bishop of Elbląg (Poland)

USA Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, was appointed as Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

2019.02.15

Italy Fr. Marco Salvi was elected Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese and Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia–Città della Pieve (Italy)

USA Bishop Thomas Joseph Costello, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Syracuse (USA), passed away at 89

2019.02.16

Brazil Archbishop Silvestre Luís Scandián, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Vitória (Brazil), passed away at 87

Italy Prof. Gian Piero Milano resigned as Promoter of Justice of Tribunal of Vatican City State

Italy Prof. Roberto Zannotti was appointed as Promoter of Justice of Tribunal of Vatican City State

Mexico Bishop Florencio Armando Colín Cruz, Titular Bishop of Thimida regia and Auxiliary Bishop of México (Mexico), was appointed as Bishop of Puerto Escondido (Mexico)

Mexico Fr. Salvador González Morales was elected Titular Bishop of Lacubaza and Auxiliary Bishop of México (Mexico)

Mexico Bishop Antonio Ortega Franco, C.O. resigned as Auxiliary Bishop of México (Mexico)

Mexico Fr. Carlos Enrique Samaniego López was elected Titular Bishop of Cillium and Auxiliary Bishop of México (Mexico)

Netherlands Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Apostolic Nuncio to Eritrea, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya

2019.02.17

Latvia Bishop Antons Justs, Bishop emeritus of Jelgava (Latvia) and President emeritus of Episcopal Conference of Latvia, passed away at 87

2019.02.18

Bolivia Bishop Carlos Bürgler, C.SS.R. resigned as Vicar Apostolic of Reyes (Bolivia)

USA Bishop Borys Andrij Gudziak, Bishop of Saint-Vladimir-le-Grand de Paris of the Ukrainians (France), was promoted as Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians (USA)

2019.02.19

Italy Bishop Mauro Parmeggiani, Bishop of Tivoli (Italy) and Apostolic Administrator of Palestrina (Italy), was appointed as Bishop of Palestrina (Italy)

2019.02.20

Brazil Fr. Evaldo Carvalho dos Santos, C.M. was elected Bishop of Viana (Brazil)

Spain Fr. Sebastián Chico Martínez was elected Titular Bishop of Valliposita and Auxiliary Bishop of Cartagena (Spain)

2019.02.21

Poland Bishop Alojzy Orszulik, S.A.C., Bishop emeritus of Łowicz (Poland), passed away at 90

2019.02.22

Bolivia Fr. Jesús Galeote Tormo, O.F.M., Apostolic Administrator of Camiri (Bolivia), was elected Titular Bishop of Abaradira and Vicar Apostolic of Camiri (Bolivia)

2019.02.23

Vietnam Bishop Joseph Trần Văn Toản succeeded as Bishop of Long Xuyên (Vietnam)

Vietnam Bishop Joseph Trần Xuân Tiếu resigned as Bishop of Long Xuyên (Vietnam)

2019.02.24

Australia Cardinal George Pell resigned as Prefect of Secretariat for the Economy

2019.02.27

Brazil Bishop Adair José Guimarães, Bishop of Rubiataba–Mozarlândia (Brazil), was appointed as Bishop of Formosa (Brazil)

2019.02.28

U.S. Virgin Islands Bishop Elliot Griffin Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Saint Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), passed away at 92

2019.03.01

Lithuania Archbishop Lionginas Virbalas, S.J. resigned as Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaunas (Lithuania)

Portugal Fr. Américo Manuel Alves Aguiar was elected Titular Bishop of Dagnum and Auxiliary Bishop of Lisboa (Portugal)

2019.03.02

Philippines Bishop Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio, Titular Bishop of Lestrona, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu (Philippines) and Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate of Philippines (Philippines), was appointed as Military Ordinary of Philippines (Philippines)

Spain Bishop Rafael Torija de la Fuente, Bishop emeritus of Ciudad Real (Spain), passed away at 91

2019.03.03

Italy Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi took possession as Cardinal-Priest of S. Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini

2019.03.04

Spain Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Apostolic Nuncio to Estonia and Apostolic Nuncio to Latvia, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Austria

2019.03.05

USA Msgr. Alejandro Dumbrigue Aclan was elected Titular Bishop of Rusicade and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles (USA)

USA Bishop Joseph Vincent Brennan, Titular Bishop of Trofimiana and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles (USA), was appointed as Bishop of Fresno (USA)

USA Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa resigned as Bishop of Fresno (USA)

USA Bishop David Prescott Talley, Bishop of Alexandria (USA), was appointed as Bishop of Memphis (USA)

2019.03.08

Latvia Fr. Andris Kravalis was elected Titular Bishop of Migirpa and Auxiliary Bishop of Riga (Latvia)

2019.03.10

Peru Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, S.J. took possession as Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense

USA Bishop René Arnold Valero, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Brooklyn (USA), passed away at 88

2019.03.11

Croatia Msgr. Ivan Ćurić was elected Titular Bishop of Tela and Auxiliary Bishop of Đakovo–Osijek (Croatia)

Nigeria Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Metropolitan Archbishop of Jos (Nigeria) and President of Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa, was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria)

Philippines Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata and Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Cotabato (Philippines), reached the age of 80 and became ineligible to vote in a future conclave (Philippines)

2019.03.12

Congo-Kinshasa Bishop Joachim Mbadu Kikhela Kupika, Bishop emeritus of Boma (Congo-Kinshasa), passed away at 87

2019.03.13

Brazil Bishop Francesco Biasin resigned as Bishop of Barra do Piraí–Volta Redonda (Brazil)

Brazil Bishop Luiz Henrique da Silva Brito, Titular Bishop of Zallata and Auxiliary Bishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), was appointed as Bishop of Barra do Piraí–Volta Redonda (Brazil)

2019.03.14

Belgium Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Cardinal-Priest of S. Anastasia, Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Mechelen–Brussel (Belgium), Military Ordinary emeritus of Belgium (Belgium) and President emeritus of Episcopal Conference of Belgium, passed away at 85

2019.03.18

Croatia Bishop Nikola Kekić resigned as Bishop of Križevci of the Croatians (Croatia)

Israel Archbishop-elect Youssef Matta was confirmed as Archbishop of Akka of the Greek-Melkites (Israel)

Philippines Fr. Fidelis B. Layog was elected Titular Bishop of Girus Tarasii and Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen–Dagupan (Philippines)

2019.03.19

Angola Fr. Leopoldo Ndakalako was elected Bishop of Menongue (Angola)

Colombia Archbishop Flavio Calle Zapata resigned as Metropolitan Archbishop of Ibagué (Colombia)

France Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia and Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo

Italy Archbishop Piergiorgio Bertoldi, Apostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso and Apostolic Nuncio to Niger, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Mozambique

Netherlands Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan

Portugal Archbishop Maurílio Jorge Quintal de Gouveia, Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Évora (Portugal), passed away at 86

Uganda Fr. Joseph Eciru Oliach was elected Bishop of Soroti (Uganda)

2019.03.20

Argentina Fr. Luis Dario Martín was elected Titular Bishop of Bisenzio and Auxiliary Bishop of Santa Rosa (Argentina)

See Also

Recently Consecrated Bishops

Appointments in the Roman Curia

Appointments in Pontifical Representations

Appointments of Cardinals

Appointments in the Eastern Church

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