Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Archbishop Named for San Antonio

As is usually the case, Rocco has the details before anyone else.
An auxiliary bishop of Chicago since 2003, Gustavo García-Siller has largely been a stealth figure on the wider scene, keeping a remarkably low profile while tending an 82-parish vicariate of the Windy City archdiocese, alongside at-large responsibility for the Hispanics soon to comprise a plurality of its 2.3 million Catholics.
This is a young Archbishop.
Keep him in your prayers.
Already, Santone chancery has announced the sixth archbishop's installation date for 23 November... and here, a quote from the Pope's "shock pick," with his reaction on getting news of the appointment:
“I felt a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of the Archdiocese. I felt real happiness and joy tempered by a deep awareness of the great responsibility I had been asked to embrace. From the moment I said yes, I felt, in faith, a deep affection for the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.”
Now the 18th Latin-rite metropolitan (of 32) named by B16 since his 2005 election, García-Siller is the second Chicago auxiliary to leave town in just the last six months; the new archbishop's ordination classmate, the "Holy Goalie" Bishop Tom Paprocki, was named to Illinois' capital-church of Springfield in April.

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