Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Good Call, Nicky

(The time on this post is actually 6.20am....)

Benedict XVI has named three new auxiliaries to the massive diocese of Brooklyn.

If you were looking for something else today, sorry -- seems that it just ain't your day.

Bishops-elect Octavio Cisneros, 60; Guy Sansaricq, 71, and 47 year-old Frank Caggiano will assist Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio in the administration of the 1.8-million member diocese, where every language under the sun is spoken.

The Cuban-born Cisneros currently serves as rector of the diocese's Cathedral Seminary Residence and Secretary for Priestly Formation in the Brooklyn Curia.

Bishop-elect Sansaricq -- the first American bishop of Haitian birth -- is the national director of the Haitian Apostolate. He incardinated into the Brooklyn clergy in 1991.

The lone Brooklyn native of the three, Bishop-elect Caggiano has served as diocesan Vicar for Evangelization and Pastoral Life. He spent four years in Rome, where he earned a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian.

SVILUPPO: A source on the ground up there raises an interesting point: "[T]he fact that the three new bishops in Brooklyn -- even though they represent the diversity of the population (a Cuban, a Haitian and a Brooklynite) -- are all being assigned Titular Sees in Ireland."

Respectively, those sees are Eanach DĂșin, Glendalocha (which title once belonged to one amatissimo Diarmuid Martin) and Inis Cathaig.

"Does this mean," our op asks, "that our Holy Father (or our new Papal Nuncio in Washington) has a sense of humor, or, is it a sign of genuine respect for the history of the diocese?"

Methinks it's a bit of both. And a pinch of serendipity