January 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 25
D.C. Auxiliary to Head Bridgeport Diocese; Opus Dei Priest Named as Auxiliary Bishop for Denver

    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 23, 2001 ( The Holy Father has named Auxiliary Bishop William Edward Lori of Washington, D.C., as the new bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

    He succeeds Bishop Edward Egan, who became archbishop of New York last year.

    Bishop Lori was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 6, 1951. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s parish primary school in New Albany, Indiana, the secondary school of St. Mary’s Seminary in St. Mary’s, Kentucky, and St. Pius X Seminary’s College in Covington, Kentucky.

    From 1973 to 1977, he completed his studies in theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

    He was ordained a priest on May 14, 1977, for the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1977 to 1982, he studied at Catholic University in Washington, where he obtained a degree in sacramental theology.

    The new bishop has held the following posts: vice-parish priest of St. Joseph’s parish in Landover, Maryland (1977-1982); director of the archdiocese’s Ecumenical Office, and assistant professor at the Catholic University of Washington (1982-1984); personal secretary and theological adviser to Cardinal James Hickey (1984-1994).

    Since 1994, he has been chancellor, moderator of the Curia, and general vicar of the archdiocese. Nominated titular bishop of Bulla and auxiliary of Washington on Feb. 28, 1995, he was consecrated on April 20 of that year.

    John Paul II has named Father José H. Gómez of Opus Dei as auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado. Father Gomez is the first priest incardinated in the Prelature of Opus Dei to be named a bishop in the United States.

    He was also made titular bishop of Belali. Father Gómez had been delegate of the Opus Dei prelature in the state of Texas.

    Father Gómez was born Dec. 26, 1951. in Monterrey, Mexico. He has been a U.S. citizen since Dec. 15, 1995. Prior to undertaking studies for the priesthood, he obtained a diploma in economics from Monterrey’s National University in Mexico (1975). In addition, he obtained a baccalaureate in philosophy (1975). From 1975 to 1980, he attended courses in theology at the University of Navarre in Spain, where he obtained a baccalaureate and a licentiate in theology.

    Father Gómez was ordained a priest of the Opus Dei prelature on Aug. 15, 1978.

    The new auxiliary has held the following posts: chaplain of a college and secondary school in Mexico (1980-1987); responsible for youth in the Fatima deanery of the Monterrey diocese (1985-1987); he has been entrusted with different pastoral tasks for Opus Dei in Texas (1987-1999), and was elected twice as president of the National Association of Hispanic Priests. Since 1999 he has been vicar delegate of Opus Dei for the state of Texas. ZE01012329 and ZE01012330

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