Changing of the Guard
The 55 year-old Cleveland native, heretofore apostolic nuncio in the Dominican Republic and delegate to Puerto Rico, will greet the officials and staff of his new charge later this morning at the archdiocese's Washington headquarters. His installation will take place at the capital's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; its date remains to be announced. For only the fourth time in history, a US bishop ordained for Vatican service has returned to lead a Stateside diocese.
Tomorrow, the Holy See is expected to turn its attention to a longer-standing western vacancy, filling the Montana diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
Bishop Michael Warfel of Juneau is slated to get the nod to succeed Bishop Anthony Milone, who retired in July 2006.