Monday, January 18, 2010

Msgr. Michael Mulvey Named Bishop...

...of Corpus Christi.  Msgr. Michael Mulvey, the current Diocese of Austin Administrator (the temporary caretaker of the diocese until we get a new bishop) was named the Bishop of Corpus Christi this morning.  Msgr. Mulvey is a good man and our loss is their gain.  He was the right hand man of Archbishop Aymond for many years and had just started as Vice-Rector of St. Mary's seminary in Houston before he was voted in as Administrator by his brother priests.

Msgr. Mulvey is well-respected and has a good vision for evangelization and the Church's priorities.  He is a leader in the Focolare movement and is fluent in Italian.  Whenever he and our Italian sisters start talking, I can't understand a word they say.

After studying in Rome (at Angelicum and Gregorian) he was ordained by Pope Paul VI in 1975.  Given several important positions in the Diocese of Austin (including being the pastor of our sister parish - St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station), he was appointed Chancellor and Vicar General of the diocese because of his administrative and pastoral skills.

An interesting note about when Austin might get a new bishop comes from the diocesan press release, and is pointed out by Rocco of Whispers in the Loggia.
The first Corpus pick named to the diocese without prior episcopal experience since 1921, Mulvey will be ordained and installed on Annunciation Day, 25 March. According to the Austin church, he will remain administrator there "until a new bishop is appointed"....

Complete the sentence.
Pray for whomever is appointed Bishop of Austin and pray for Msgr. Mulvey.  It might be sooner than we thought.

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