Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New bishop for Birmingham, Alabama

~from the Vatican Bollettino

The Holy Father has nominated Bishop Robert Joseph Baker of the Diocese of Charleston to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.

Baker attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and was ordained a priest March 21, 1970, for the Diocese of St. Augustine. From 1970 to 1972, his first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Paul's Parish, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., where he also taught at Bishop Kenny High School. From 1972 to 1975, he studied at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, where he received a degree in dogmatic theology. From 1975 to 1999, he served as spiritual director of college seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum, pastor of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, and pastor of Christ the King Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

He also directed the Catholic Student Parish at the University of Florida in Gainesville and taught sacramental theology at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. On Sept. 29, 1999, he was ordained and installed as the bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship.

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