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Pope Names Boston Auxiliary Bishop Robert Deeley as Bishop of Portland, Maine

December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Boston Auxiliary Bishop Robert Deeley, 67, as bishop of Portland, Maine. He succeeds Bishop Richard J. Malone, who became bishop of Buffalo, May 29, 2012.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 17, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Deeley was born June 18, 1946, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After studies for the priesthood he was ordained for the Boston Archdiocese July 14, 1973. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Boston in 2012.

Bishop Deeley holds a bachelor of arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Bartholomew Parish, Needham, Massachusetts, 1973-1978; secretary, Metropolitan Tribunal of Archdiocese of Boston, 1978-1981; studies in canon law, 1981-1985; associate judicial vicar of the Boston archdiocese, 1985-1989; Judicial Vicar of Boston archdiocese, 1989-1999; pastor, St. Ann Parish, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1999-2004; vicar forane (head of deanery), south region of Boston archdiocese, 2002-2004; official of the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, 2004-2010; and vicar general of the archdiocese, 2011-present.

He also has served as archdiocesan chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, 1988-1991; spiritual director for the Catholic Lawyers Guild, 1991-1999, and president of the Canon Law Society of America, 2000.

The Portland Diocese comprises the state of Maine. In includes 1,328,361 people, with 187,912 of them, or 14 percent, Catholic.


Sister Mary Ann Walsh
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