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Week of June 11, 2007
Pope appoints 3 new bishops
Kingston, Vancouver and New Westminster receive prelates
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
Archbishop Brendan O'Brien
"It will be wonderful to finally get back home again," Miller said in a telephone interview from Rome June 4.
"To be able to be a pastor of a local church is a privilege," he said, admitting he had been surprised by the appointment.
From 1979-92, Miller, a Basilian, taught dogmatic theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Houston, Texas. From 1992 to 1997, he worked at the Vatican Secretariat of State before returning to St. Thomas Aquinas as president.
Some news stories have focused on Roussin's public battle with depression two years ago. He now regards himself as recovered.
Meanwhile, Archbishop O'Brien will head for the Kingston Archdiocese left vacant when Archbishop Anthony Meagher died in January.
"I think it's going to be a challenge and I look forward to it," he said in a telephone interview from St. John's.
The dioceses are roughly comparable in size, he said, though Kingston has 79 priests to the 49 in St. John's serving a similar number of parishes and missions.
O'Brien, 64, spent 14 of his 20 years in episcopal ministry in Ontario, first as an auxiliary bishop in Ottawa, and then as bishop of Pembroke from 1993 to 2000 when he was appointed to St. John's.
Born and raised in Ontario, O'Brien's mother and most other family members still live in the province.
Fr. Kenneth Nowakowski
O'Brien served as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2003 to 2005.
St. John's is the second archdiocese now without an archbishop, following the May 14 appointment of Halifax Archbishop Terrence Prendergast to Ottawa.
On May 7, Benedict appointed Sault Ste. Marie auxiliary Bishop Robert Harris to the Saint John Diocese vacated last September by the retirement of Bishop Faber MacDonald.
Archbishop Richard Smith, formerly of Pembroke, was appointed archbishop of Edmonton in March.
Nowakowski, a 49-year-old native of North Battleford, Sask., is rector of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Seminary in Ottawa and chancellor of the Saskatoon Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy.
He spent more than 10 years in Ukraine, as chief of staff to the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church under two different leaders. He also founded Caritas Ukraine and served as its president.
"If this is where the Church would like me to serve, I'm dedicating my life to the Church and I want to serve where I'm needed the most," he said of his appointment as head of the B.C. eparchy.
"One of the challenges will be how to keep our eparchy feeling united and being able to be that good shepherd to people who are physically distant."
Yakymyshyn, the retiring bishop, has high praise for Nowakowski.
"He's going to be the best," said Yakymyshyn, 77.
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