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September 29 - October 7

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Most Rev. James D. Conley,
Bishop-designate of Lincoln, Nebraska

The Most Rev. James D. Conley was ordained by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. as auxiliary bishop of Denver on May 30, 2008 on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.


Bishop Conley is a native of Overland Park, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, and a convert to Catholicism. He served as a priest for 23 years before his Episcopal Ordination, including 10 years of service to the Holy Father as an official in the Vatican Congregation for Bishops in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him auxiliary bishop of Denver on April 10, 2008.


He was appointed Bishop of Lincoln by Pope Benedict XVI on September 14, 2012.


Rev. Frederick L. Miller, S.T.D.
Father Frederick L. Miller, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, was ordained in 1972. After serving in three parishes of the Archdiocese, Father was named Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Editor of Soul Magazine, and Rector of the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Washington, NJ. After completing his doctoral studies in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Father Miller taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY, and the North American College in Rome. Presently, he is Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Father Miller is known to EWTN audiences for his series on the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and on the Priesthood ofJesus Christ. His latest book, published by Ignatius Press, is entitled, The Grace of Ars.
Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas

Born: June 4, 1949


Parents: Fred Naumann and Louise (Lukens) Naumann


Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South – Graduated 1967 Charter member – Justin A. Nelle Chapter/National Honor Society Cardinal Glennon College – Graduated 1971 Kenrick Seminary – Completed theological studies 1975 May 24, 1975 Ordained to Priesthood


Assignments: 1974-1975 Transitional Deacon – St. Christopher's Parish, Florissant, Missouri 1975-1979 Associate Pastor – St. Dominic Savio Parish, Affton, MO 1979-1984 Associate Pastor – Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, St. Louis 1984-1989 Part-time Associate Pastor – Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Louis 1984-1995 Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee 1989-1994 Pastor – Ascension Parish, Normandy, MO 1994-2003 Vicar General, Archdiocese of St. Louis September 3, 1997 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis/Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla October, 2003 Appointed Administrator of Archdiocese of St. Louis January 7, 2004 Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas January 15, 2005 Assumed responsibilities of the 4th Archbishop and 11th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas


Member of: Chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Committee on Pro-Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Committee on Marriage and Family Life Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees

Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi,
Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama

Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, a native of New Orleans, graduated from De La Salle High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1971. He returned to New Orleans where he earned a law degree from the Tulane University Law School in 1974, and then entered Notre Dame Seminary, where he received a master of divinity degree in 1978.


Archbishop Rodi was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1978, and served as associate pastor at St. Ann and St. Christopher the Martyr parishes, in Metairie, and at St. Agnes in Jefferson. In 1983 he was appointed judge for the Archdiocese of New Orleans Metropolitan Tribunal. He earned a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1986, and served as professor of canon law at Notre Dame Seminary from 1986 to 1995.


Archbishop Rodi served in New Orleans as director of the Office of Religious Education from 1988 to 1989, and as executive director of the Department of Pastoral Services from 1989 to 1996. In addition to his other duties, Archbishop Rodi was Chancellor for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1992, and in 1996, he was named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.


In 1992, he was named a prelate of honor (a monsignor) by Pope John Paul II.


He was ordained a bishop and installed as Bishop of Biloxi on July 2, 2001.


He was appointed Archbishop of Mobile on April 2, 2008 and installed on June 6, 2008.

Rev. Bryce Sibley,
Diocese of Lafayette, Louisana

Fr. Bryce Sibley was ordained to the Holy Priesthood July 15, 2000. He is a native of Lafayette Louisiana and presently the pastor at St. Anne's in Mamou, Louisiana. Fr. Sibley has his licentiate degree from the Roman John Paul II Institute of Marriage and Family and wrote his thesis on "Man and Woman as Imago Dei in the thought of John Paul II." He has several publication out and is able to read Italian, French, and Spanish. Fr. Sibley teaches Ecclesiology, Moral Theology, Theology of the Body, and a course on the thought of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Education: S.T.L., Marriage and the Family, Pontifical Lateran University (John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family), 2001 Dissertation: Man and Woman as Imago Dei in the Thought of John Paul II S.T.B., Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, 1999 B.A., St. Joseph Seminary College, St. Benedict, LA, 1996. Post-Ordination Teaching Experience Professor, 2007 Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA Course: Introduction to Moral Theology I Professor, 2006-present Aquinas Institute for Theology and Catholic Studies Courses: Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology (Fall 2006), Introduction to John Paul II's Theology of the Body (Fall 2008), Master's Level Ecclesiology (Spring 2009) Assistant Debate Coach, 2004-present Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette, LA Teacher, 2001-2003 Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Ville Platte, LA Courses: Introduction to Philosophy,Moral Theology Coached Debate Team, 2002-2003 .

Most Reverend John Barres,
Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania

Bishop John O. Barres was born on September 20, 1960 and is a native of Larchmont, New York. His parents, Oliver (a native of Bethlehem, PA) and Marjorie Barres, are convert Protestant ministers who met each other at the Yale Divinity School and entered the Catholic Church in 1955. The story of their conversion is told in Oliver Barres' book One Shepherd, One Flock, which was published by Sheed and Ward in 1955 and again in 2000 by Catholic Answers (with forewords by Avery Cardinal Dulles and Fr. Benedict Groeschel). Bishop elect Barres is the fifth of six children and has seven nephews and four nieces.

Bishop Barres is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Princeton University (BA in English Literature), and the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA in Management). His theological education includes an STB and an STL in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America (where he received seminary formation at Theological College) and a JCL in Canon Law and an STD in Spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His 1999 doctoral dissertation is entitled Jean-Jacques Olier's Priestly Spirituality: Mental Prayer and Virtue as the Foundation for the Direction of Souls.

Bishop Barres was baptized by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1960 while his father was working for the Bishop at the Propagation of the Faith in New York City. He was ordained to the priesthood October 21, 1989 by Bishop Robert Mulvee (Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Providence). He served as an associate pastor at Holy Family Church in Newark, DE (1989-1992) at St. Elizabeth's parish in Wilmington, DE (1992-1996). After further study in Rome (1996-1999) with residence at the Pontifical North American College (Casa Santa Maria), he served as Vice-Chancellor (1999-2000) and then Chancellor (2000-present) for Bishop Michael Saltarelli and then Bishop W. Frances Malooly.

Pope John Paul II name him a Chaplain to His Holiness in July 2000 with the title of "Monsignor." Pope Benedict XVI named him a Prelate of Honor In November 2005. In addition to serving on various diocesan boards and committees, Bishop Barres has served on the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference (Annapolis, MD), the board of St. Francis Hospital (Wilmington, DE), and the Board of the Cathedral Foundation (Baltimore, MD).

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput,
Archbishop of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was born September 26, 1944, in Concordia, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Marian DeMarais Chaput. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grade School in Concordia and St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, Kansas. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965.


After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary in Herman, Pennsylvania in 1967, he earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C., in 1970. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.


Archbishop Chaput received a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of San Francisco in 1971. He served as an instructor in theology and spiritual director at St. Fidelis from 1971-1974 and as executive secretary and director of communications for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine in Pittsburgh from 1974 to 1977.


In 1977, he became pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado, and vicar provincial for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America. He was namedsecretary and treasurer for the province in 1980. He became chief executive and provincial minister three years later.


Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997, and he was installed on April 7 the same year. As a member of thePrairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop. He chose as his episcopal motto: "As Christ Loved the Church" (Ephesians 5:25).


Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011. He was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011.


In 1999, building on the efforts of his predecessor in Denver, Archbishop Chaput founded St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, an affiliate of the Pontifical Lateran University. From 1998 to 2011, Archbishop Chaput has ordained 71 men for the Archdiocese of Denver. Nearly half of the diocesan priests in active duty for the archdiocese were ordained by him.


In 2002, assisted by his Auxiliary Bishop José Gomez, Archbishop Chaput founded Centro San Juan Diego in response to the pastoral and educational needs of the growing Hispanic community in Colorado. He later co-founded the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) and helped in the founding ofENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to "Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women." He was alsoinstrumental in creating the Denver-based Augustine Institute, an independent, lay-run graduate school for the formation of lay Catholic leaders, catechists and evangelizers.


Archbishop Chaput served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2003-2006. Duties included religious freedom fact-finding missions to China and Turkey, and annual reports monitoring global trends in religious liberty mandated by 1998 federal law.


In 2005, he was named a member of the official U.S. delegation to Cordoba, Spain, for the "Conference on Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Intolerance," sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The national Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the 2009 Canterbury Medal for his work in advancing religious freedom.


Archbishop Chaput served on the Board of Directors for The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (1994 – 2009) and the National Catholic Bioethics Center (1993 – 2006). He serves on the board of directors for Eternal Word Television Network, Birmingham, Alabama (1996 – present); The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado (1998 – present); St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Northern Colorado (1999 – present); Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Northern Colorado (1998 – present); The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (2001 – present); Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (2007 – present); World Youth Alliance International (2010 – present).


For the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Archbishop Chaput is currently Chair of the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics; a member of the Committee for Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Task Force for Health Care; and a consultant to the Committee for Pro-Life Activities. He formerly served on the Committee for Divine Worship, the Committee for Migration, the Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and the Task Force on Strengthening Marriage.


Archbishop Chaput served the Holy Father as an Apostolic Visitor to U.S. seminaries, 2005 –2006; the Diocese of Toowoomba, Australia, in 2007; and the Legion of Christ for Canada and the United States, 2009 – 2010.


He is author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008); and numerous talks, articles and pastoral letters.

Most Rev. David Foley,
Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham, Alabama

Bishop David E. Foley was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He became a bishop in 1986 and was appointed to the Diocese of Birmingham in 1994. He retired in 2005 when he turned 75.

Most Rev. Robert J. Baker,
Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama

Bishop Robert Joseph Baker, S.T.D., was ordained a priest on March 21, 1970 at his home parish of St. Wendelin in Fostoria, Ohio. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's in divinity from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He received his doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in1977 and served on the faculty of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, before being appointed pastor of the Cathedral of St. Augustine in 1984.


While serving as the Cathedral's pastor he helped to establish a soup kitchen, shelter house and a farm for the homeless and addicted.


He was appointed bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, by Pope John Paul II on July 12, 1999.


He served on the Florida Catholic Conference's Committee on Capital Punishment. He is co-editor of three books, "Welcome the Stranger: Contemporary Ministry in the Church of Florida" (1983), "Historic Catholic Sites of St. Augustine" (1988), and "When Did We See You, Lord?" (2005). He also penned a pastoral letter in 2005 on "The Redemption of Our Bodies: The Theology of the Body and Its Consequences for Ministry in the Diocese of Charleston."


He was appointed Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama on August 14, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI and celebrated his Installation Mass on October 2, 2007.

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