Christopher Ruggiano

  1. Three New Auxiliaries Ordained for Chicago

Chicago, IL – On the Memorial of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, Cardinal Blasé Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, serves as Principal Consecrator for the Episcopal Ordination of three new auxiliary bishops for Chicago:  Kevin Birmingham, Jeffrey Grob, and Robert Lombardo, CFR.  Sitting Chicago Auxiliary Bishops, John Manz and Joseph Perry, assisted the Cardinal as Co-Consecrators.  Bishop Lombardo is the first priest of his religious order, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, founded by the late and well-known Fr. Benedict Groeschel, to be ordained a bishop.  Watch the ordination here: 

  1. Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose under Vatican investigation

San Jose, CA – San Jose, California Diocesan Bishop, Oscar Cantu, is under investigation by the Vatican for his alleged mishandling of clerical sexual abuse cases.  These particular cases date back to when Cantu served as Bishop of Las Cruces, NM (2013-2018)  The investigation is being conducted by Phoenix Bishop, Thomas Olmsted, under the provisions of Pope Francis’ document “Vos Estis lux mundi,” which holds bishops accountable for their handling of clerical sexual abuse matters. Read more:

  1. Fr. David Bonnar named Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown, OH – After being vacant since June 5, the faithful of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio have a new shepherd.  Pope Francis on November 17, Father David Bonnar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA, was named as Bishop of Youngstown.  Bishop-elect Bonnar is currently serving as Pastor of the newly merged St. Aidan Parish in Wexford, PA.  At one time, he served as Chaplain to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.  Bonnar succeeds long time Bishop, George V. Murry, SJ, who died June 5th after a battle with leukemia.  Ordination/installation is slated for January 12, 2021.  Read more:  

  1. USCCB Fall Assembly discusses McCarrick Report, elects committee chairs.

Washington, DC – After their original agenda was curtailed heavily due to COVID (which turned the annual fall bishops meeting into a virtual affair), the Bishops of the United States spent most of their two day meeting in both public and executive session, by discussing the Vatican report on now layman-Theodore McCarrick.  Many bishops, thankful that a report has been issued by the Holy See, still acknowledge the work to be done in dealing with the scourge and stain of sexual misconduct.  It would take far too long to go through each bishop’s response to the report.  They can be read on various diocesan and Catholic news outlets.   On the administrative side of the Conference business, seven new Conference Committee Chairs were elected.  They are:  Archbishop Timothy Broglio (Military) for Committee on Priorities and Plans; Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York) for Committee on Religious Liberty; Bishop Robert Reed (Boston Auxiliary) for Committee on Communications; Bishop Arturo Cepeda (Detroit Auxiliary) for Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church; Bishop Daniel Flores (Brownsville) for the Committee on Doctrine; Bishop James Wall (Gallup) for the Committee on National Collections; and Archbishop William Lori (Baltimore) for the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.  All these new chairman roles took effect at the adjournment of the meeting.  For more detailed info, please see:

  1. Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill elected USCCB General Secretary

Washington, DC – Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, of the clergy of the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, has been elected as General Secretary of the USCCB for a five-year term effective November 16.  The General Secretary resides in the Nation’s Capital and serves as the day-to-day head of the Conference and speaks with Conference President, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, every day via phone.  Burrill succeeds Msgr. Brian Bransfield of the Philadelphia Archdiocese who returns to diocesan ministry as his five-year term has expired.  Fr. Michael Fuller of the Rockford, IL Diocese has been named as Associate General Secretary.  Read more: