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A Graduate of Mount St. Mary's Seminary Named Bishop

bishop conleyPope names James Conley S’85 new bishop of Diocese of Lincoln, NE

Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley, S.T.L., of the Archdiocese of Denver, and a 1985 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Bishop Conley served as a priest for 23 years before his episcopal ordination, including 10 years of service to the Pope as an official in the Vatican Congregation for Bishops in Rome.

He is the ninth bishop of the Lincoln Diocese.

Bishop Conley received philosophical formation at St. Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Ky., and his theological formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in divinity. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wichita, and in 1989 travelled him to Rome — where he earned a licentiate in moral theology from the Accademia Alfonsiana, part of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University.

He served the church as a pastor, college campus chaplain, director of Respect Life ministries, theology instructor, and Vatican official before Pope Benedict appointed him auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2008.

Founded in 1808, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is the second-oldest, and the largest, Catholic theologate in the United States. The Mount has earned the distinction of “Cradle of Bishops,” with 51 episcopal alumni counted among its ranks.

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