Mount Alumnus Named Archbishop of Baltimore
Emmitsburg, Maryland – Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop William Edward Lori, of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore. Archbishop Lori will be formally installed as head of the nation’s Premier See* on May 16.
Archbishop Lori, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, was installed as the fourth bishop of the Bridgeport diocese in 2001. He is familiar with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, having attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary for the Archdiocese of Washington DC and being ordained in 1977.
"The very thought of serving and leading the nation's Premier See fills me with joy and also with profound gratitude, first and foremost to the Lord who shepherds His people in love," says Archbishop-designate William Lori.
He is currently a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and as Archbishop, he will also serve as the Chancellor of the Mount’s Seminary.
Archbishop Lori succeeds Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, who took the helm of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2007. Cardinal O’Brien was named Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher in August 2011 and continues to serve as apostolic administrator for the Baltimore archdiocese until his successor’s installation.
“We are thrilled with Archbishop Lori’s appointment to the Premier See and offer our prayerful congratulations,” said University President Thomas H. Powell. “Archbishop Lori’s dedication to maintaining faithful Catholic universities, enhancing Catholic identity, and defending and preserving religious liberty is evident on our campus and in his service to the church. We look forward to welcoming him to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.”
Archbishop Lori has been at the forefront of Catholic news recently, speaking out against the contraceptive mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in his role as chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. He is the former Chairman and a current member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, Chairman of the USCCB ad-hoc Committee on Universities and Colleges, a member of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and the USCCB ad-hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage.
“The Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Community is very proud that the Holy Father has called a Son of the Mount to lead the nation’s Premier See,” says Monsignor Steven P. Rohlfs, rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. “I have known Bishop Lori for almost 40 years and can attest that he is eminently qualified for the challenges of leadership that await him both on the local and national levels. The Archdiocese is extremely fortunate that the Holy Father has called such a gentle, kind and competent shepherd to guide them.”
Mount St. Mary's University is the nation’s second-oldest Catholic university and boasts the largest seminary in the country. It is often referred as the “Cradle of Bishops,” with 51 alumni priests elevated to bishop. For more information visit www.msmary.edu
*The Archdiocese of Baltimore is named the nation’s Premier See, having been the first Catholic diocese established in the U.S. by the Vatican.