Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:14
Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Wichita in 1985
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., and has named Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver to succeed him.
The changes were announced in Washington Sept. 14 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.
Bishop Bruskewitz, head of the Lincoln Diocese since 1992, is 77 years old. Bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope when they turn 75.
Bishop Conley, 57, was ordained an auxiliary bishop for Denver in 2008.
His installation Mass will be celebrated Nov. 20 in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln. He will be the ninth bishop of Lincoln.
The Lincoln Diocese welcomes “as our new spiritual shepherd, such a distinguished and accomplished prelate,” Bishop Bruskewitz said in a statement. “Collectively, we thank almighty God for this precious and important gift which he has bestowed on us through the ministry of Christ’s vicar.”
Bishop Conley said he was “honored and humbled” by the appointment.
“There is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” he told the Denver Catholic Register, the archdiocesan newspaper. “God has called me to be the shepherd of souls in the Diocese of Lincoln. I know I need to rely on his grace for this great responsibility. … I am looking forward to getting to know Lincoln.
“My mission as bishop there will remain the same as it has in Denver: to help all people to encounter Jesus Christ, and to become holy, as God in heaven is holy,” he added.
“Bishop Conley is a man of deep prayer, keen intellect, warm heart and fervent commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said in a statement. “He has become well-known for his commitment to the unborn, his enthusiasm for young people, and especially for the devotion with which he celebrates the most holy Eucharist.”
James Douglas Conley was born March 19, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo. Bishop Conley is of Wea Indian descent. He is the son of Betty and the late Carl Conley, longtime residents of Overland Park, Kan. He has one younger sister, Susan, who lives in Olathe, Kan., with her husband and their two children.