I have been praying almost daily for a new bishop for the Diocese of Rochester (NY). Rochester has been vacant for over a year, but I pray that the selection is going slow in order to find the right “fit”.
Rochester (NY) needs some help, and I pray that someone who is not afraid to make waves is appointed there. I’m wondering if Pope Francis I is waiting until the end of October, since Bishop Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany (NY) turns 75 then. If so, my perception and intuition says that there may be two bishops appointed on the day Hubbard’s resignation is accepted - one bishop for Albany and one bishop for Rochester. Both these places need some help, and a strong leader, since Hubbard and Clark were both recommended by Jadot.
Closer to home, I’m praying for a new bishop of Fort Worth. Bishop Vann did a great job there, so whoever becomes the bishop there will have big shoes to fill (I’m praying specifically that two priests I knew in college are being considered, but we won’t know until the announcement). Bishop Vann entered a hornet’s nest in California, but I’m confident Bishop Vann can do the housecleaning in the Diocese of Orange, since he did some housecleaning in Fort Worth.
There are quite a few other dioceses that are vacant. Portland, Maine has been vacant longer than either Rochester or Fort Worth, and the Diocese of Harrisburg (PA) is still vacant. Harrisburg was where Bishop McFadden died suddenly this summer (July 2013). I pray that Fr. John Trigilio will become the next bishop of Harrisburg, but then again, we won’t know who it is until Pope Francis I makes the announcement.