January 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 16
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    ANCHORAGE (DC) - The Holy See has announced that Duluth's Bishop Roger L. Schwietz, OMI has been tabbed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska making him the successor of Archbishop Francis T. Hurley in Anchorage, Alaska when the latter retires in a year or so. While this episcopal appointment was made, no word yet on the successor for Cardinal John O'Connor.

    Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Anchorage jumped the gun by making the announcement a day before it was supposed to be officially co-announced by the United States Bishops Conference in Washington, D.C. Archbishop Hurley turned 73 last week on January 12th and it came as somewhat as a surprise that, with seemingly two years at least still left that a coadjutor would be announced this soon. Archbishop Hurley, ordained a priest on June 16, 1951 in San Francisco, has been the shepherd of the See of Anchorage since July 8, 1976. Prior to that he was Bishop of Juneau from September 8, 1971 until being promoted to Archbishop of Anchorage, a see that covers three times the territory overseen by Bishop Schwietz in Duluth.

    Bishop Schwietz is no stranger to the cold of Anchorage having grown up in Minnesota. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 3, 1940 and was recruited by this ministry's Spiritual Director Father Al Svobodny, OMI to the minor seminary of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Carthage, Missouri at Our Lady of the Ozarks for the Order's Central Province where in 1960 he was student prefect to the DailyCATHOLIC editor's junior class. After Novitiate in Alton, Illinois in 1961 he continued his major scholasticate at Our Lady of the Snows Scholasticate in Pass Christian, Mississippi and then the University of Ottawa before finishing up his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome before being ordained in Rome on December 20, 1967. He wwas appointed the seventh bishop of the Duluth Diocese on December 12, 1989 replacing Bishop Robert Brom who was transferred to the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop Schwietz was ordained and installed on February 2, 1990.

    No successor has yet been named to replace Bishop Schwietz who will resign his post as shepherd of Duluth immediately to take up residency in Anchorage. While Anchorage has much more territory to cover 139,000 square miles to 22,354 square miles, there are far fewer Catholics in the see - 29,307 compared to 81,878 in the Diocese of Duluth which incorporates the entire northeast sector of Minnesota. Being a Missionary Oblate, Bishop Schwietz should feel quite at home in the northern tundra which reaches all the way through the Aleutian Islands to Russia, with even a portion of the extreme eastern tip of Russia as part of the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Anchorage.


January 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 16

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