|Pope names new bishop for Orange; Bishop Clark of Rochester retires |
|Bishop Kevin Vann|
Catholic News ServiceWASHINGTON — Pope Benedict named Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, 61, to be bishop of Orange, Calif., and accepted the resignation of Bishop Tod D. Brown, 75, who has head the diocese since 1998.
The pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester, N.Y., 75, and named Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, N.Y., 69, as apostolic administrator of the Rochester diocese until a successor to Bishop Clark is named and installed.
The appointments were announced in Washington Sept. 21, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Clark celebrated 33 years as Rochester's bishop and the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination at a special Mass Sept. 16 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.