A PROFILE OF ACTIVE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES

A Profile of Active U.S. Bishops

Taken from the CARA Report


— Overall, active U.S. bishops average 65 years of age, ranging in age from 45 to 80.

— On average, bishops were ordained at age 26, spent a quarter-century as a priest, and were elevated to the rank of bishop at age 52. They have served as bishop an average of 14 years.

— The bishops are less diverse than the overall Catholic population of the United States, but their distribution almost exactly matches that of the Catholic population over 60 years of age; 88% white, 9% Hispanic/Latino, and 3% African American.

— Although bishops overall are most likely to have received their seminary education in North America, archbishops are more likely than diocesan bishops or auxiliaries to have received their seminary education in Rome; 44% of archbishops studied in Rome, vs. 21% of diocesan bishops and 14% of auxiliary bishops.

— Eighty-five percent of the active bishops were consecrated during the pontificate of John Paul II.

— Sixty-nine percent of their first episcopal appointments are as auxiliary bishops, 305 were first appointed diocesan bishop, and two archbishops were elevated to the rank of archbishop upon their first appointment.

— Only nine active bishops have had more than three appointments as bishop, and eight of these involved promotion from coadjutor to bishop or archbishop as their fourth move.

– Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington is the only one to have had four distinct episcopal appointments. Auxiliary Bishop of New York, Bishop of Metuchen, Archbishop of Newark and Archbishop of Washington.

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 Responses to A PROFILE OF ACTIVE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES

  1. abyssum says:

    Dear Cpenelopeanne,

    Please read what I wrote at the end of the OPEN LETTER.

  2. abyssum says:

    Dear Cpenelopeanne,

    Be sure to read what I wrote at the bottom of the Open Letter Post.

  3. Cpenelopeanne says:

    Is this the last one you sent, as I haven’t received your blog in days…over a week. I hope all is well. God bless. Penny Costin

    Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  4. hellenback7 says:

    “Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington is the only one to have had four distinct episcopal appointments. Auxiliary Bishop of New York, Bishop of Metuchen, Archbishop of Newark and Archbishop of Washington.”
    And spreading him around like that worked out so well. I think the monastic vow of stability certainly has some merit.

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