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Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Boston


Pope Benedict XVI named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Msgr. Robert P. Deeley an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston Nov. 9. In a press conference that day it was announced that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will ordain him to the episcopacy at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Jan. 4, 2013. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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BRAINTREE -- Pope Benedict XVI named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Msgr. Robert P. Deeley an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston Nov. 9.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will ordain Bishop-elect Deeley to the episcopacy at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Jan. 4, 2013.

"Our new auxiliary bishop demonstrates the characteristics of Boston's wonderful priests. He loves the Church. He is a man of prayer and devotion. He is a hard worker. I have been blessed to have him at my side in this past year, and I know that we will all continue to be blessed by his ministry and leadership as a bishop," the cardinal said at a press conference held at the archdiocese's Pastoral Center that day.

The bishop-elect will continue serving the archdiocese as vicar general and moderator of the curia. Speaking to the media, he explained what this means for the Archdiocese of Boston.

"I will continue my responsibilities here in the Pastoral Center as the moderator of the curia and the vicar general for the archdiocese, which are very important roles, but I will also, as a bishop, be able to represent the Church and the cardinal in those contexts in which that is important," Bishop-elect Deeley said.

He said the cardinal has already scheduled him to participate in confirmations.

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