Monday, June 11, 2007

Archbishop Kurtz

Well... it looks like Bishop Kurtz could (will?) be our new Archbishop tomorrow. See Whispers and the Courier-Journal (with comments that typify the anxiety of the faithful here)

--he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia
--worked as an assistant pastor, a teacher on the high school and college levels, and an assistant director of vocations
--received a master’s degree in social work from the Marywood School of Social Work in Scranton, Pa.
--served on more than a dozen social-service and hospital boards of directors and directed several services, including the Social Action Bureau, the Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau, and Catholic Charities
--received the title “monsignor” in 1986
--celebrates Mass and preaches in two to three locations each weekend
--oversees the hiring of personnel in schools, religious-education programs, and diocesan offices
--visits the diocese’s (Knoxville) 46 parishes, 10 schools, two hospitals, retirement home, and many charities
--meets with all the priests and religious of the diocese--individually and as a group--several times a year
--has studied Spanish in Mexico in order to better serve the diocese’s (Knoxville) Hispanic population
--serves on the Conception Seminary Board of Regents in Conception, Mo.
--attends all meetings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves on four of the council’s committees: Pro-Life, Marriage and Family, Budget and Finance, and Administrative
--is a board member of Catholic Relief Services
--was elected chair of the Committee on Marriage and Family for a three-year term that began in 2005
--is a member of the board of governors for the Pontifical North American College in Rome

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