Texas Priest Named New Bishop of Orange Diocese
CBS Los Angeles – August 21, 2012
ORANGE (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in North Texas has been named bishop of the diocese of Orange, Calif.
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday announced the appointment of Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann.
The 61-year-old Texas priest takes over for Bishop Todd Brown, who is retiring. Brown is 75.
Much of Brown’s tenure was marked by a priest abuse scandal where he agreed to a $100 million settlement for 90 alleged victims.
Vann will be installed in December. He’s led the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth since July 2005. The diocese serves about 710,000 congregants.
Vann will serve about 1.2 million Catholics in Southern California.
|The Bishop is the steward of grace of the supreme priesthood, especially in the Eucharist…. The Eucharist is the center of life of the particular Church. The Bishop and priests sanctify the Church by their prayer and work, by their ministry of the word and of the sacraments. They sanctify her by their example, not as domineering over those in their charge but being examples to the flock. Thus, together with the flock entrusted to them, they may attain to eternal life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #893)
O’Meara Ferguson welcomes Bishop Vann to his new ministry as Bishop of Orange. We promise our prayerful support as he assumes his new responsibility as a “steward of grace” for the Church of southern California.