I ask for prayers for him and whomever replaces him, because he is one of the best bishops in the USA and we are losing a great man. I am saddened and happy for New Orleans, because they need him. He is a visionary, a fair man, a gentle shepherd, an fatihful priest, a wise leader, and just a good person. He understands and preaches the Gospel and isn't afraid to challenge those that need to be challenged, but always with mercy. Merc
y is first as he wrote in his book.
I will miss Bishop Aymond. Austin will miss him as well. He has always been a very strong supporter of campus ministry and his priorities are the Church's priorities. He supported evangelization, strong formation/education, vocations, growth in prayer, family life, pro-life
efforts, and social justice. He is also well respected by his brother bishops and helped lead the USCCB's efforts to implement policies after the priestly abuse scandal hit.
He has it all.
According to the
From the Archdiocese of New Orleans:
Pope Benedict XVI appoints New Orleans Native Archbishop of New Orleans
Friday June 12th 2009
Archbishop-designate Gregory M. Aymond to become 14th Archbishop of New Orleans; first New Orleans native to become Archbishop of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La. -His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond Archbishop of New Orleans. Pope Benedict XVI made the announcement today at noon at his public audience in Vatican City. Upon making the appointment, the Holy Father has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, who turned 75 on December 2, 2007, and served 18 months after the age established by canon law for bishops to submit their letters of retirement.
In becoming the 14th Archbishop of New Orleans, Archbishop-designate Aymond will become the first native-born New Orleans priest to hold that position. His installation Mass is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.
ABOUT ARCHBISHOP-DESIGNATE AYMOND
Archbishop-designate Aymond currently is Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Texas. A New Orleans native, he a was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1975 after completing studies at Notre Dame Seminary. Following his priestly ordination he served as a parish priest and high school teacher, and was appointed to the faculty of Notre Dame Seminary in 1981. He was later appointed the seminary rector in 1986 and served in that capacity for 14 years.
Archbishop-designate Aymond was ordained auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on January 10, 1997. On June 2, 2000, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Austin and was installed there on August 3, 2000.
He has served on numerous committees and boards of U.S. bishops on the national level and served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association from 2000-04 and chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committees on the Protection of Children and Young People and the World Missions Committee. He also has been a member of the USCCB Committees on Diaconate, Catholic Education, Vocations, Priestly Formation and Campus Ministry. He currently serves as a member of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
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