Thursday, September 16, 2010

Angelicum Alumnus named to head Seattle Archdiocese

Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Ill., was named Thursday to succeed retiring Archbishop Alexander Brunett as head of Seattle's Catholic archdiocese.

The appointment, by Pope Benedict XVI, was announced in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the U.S.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says this about Seattle's new archbishop:

"James Peter Sartain was born in Memphis June 6, 1952. He attended local Catholic elementary and secondary schools. He studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, in Indiana, and completed his studies at the North American College, in Rome, where he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (The Angelicum). He was ordained a priest for the Memphis Diocese in 1978.

"In the Memphis Diocese he served as director of vocations, secretary for priests and deacons, vicar for temporal administration and for clergy personnel, chancellor and moderator of the Curia, and vicar general. He was appointed bishop of Little Rock, Ark., in 2000, and bishop of Joliet, in 2006."

Brunett was appointed bishop of Helena. Mont., in 1994 and archbishop of Seattle in 1997.