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The Religious Advisory Council is comprised of American and international Cardinals and Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, who endorse and support the vision and goals of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Motto: Pastores Dabo Vobis “I will give you shepherds” –Jeremiah 3:15
Edwin Frederick O’Brien was born April 8, 1939 in the Bronx, New York, son of Mary Winifred and Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Sr. He was one of three children, including brothers Ken and Tom (now both deceased). He attended St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961, a Master of Divinity in 1964, and a Master of Arts degree in 1965. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York on May 29, 1965 by Francis Cardinal Spellman.
His first assignment was as a civilian chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He would later be commissioned to become a military chaplain and in 1970, he officially became an Army Chaplain with the rank of Captain, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. From 1971 to 1972, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and then the 1st Cavalry Brigade. From a base of operations in the middle of a jungle, he and a Protestant minister flew by helicopter to defensive outposts where they would provide for the spiritual needs of the soldiers.
In 1973, he left the military and began his doctoral studies at Rome’s Angelicum University. While preparing for his doctorate in sacred theology, Archbishop O’Brien was a graduate student at the Pontifical North American College. He studied moral theology and completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled The Origin and Development of Moral Principles in the Writings of Paul Ramsey, in 1976.
He returned to continue his service to the Archdiocese of New York, serving as vice-chancellor for the Archdiocese and associate pastor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1979 he coordinated Pope John Paul II’s visit to New York and for two years served as communications director for the Archdiocese. In 1986, he was elevated to Monsignor and served two terms as rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary from 1985-1989 and 1994-1997. From 1990-1994, he served as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
On February 6, 1996, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of New York and bishop of the titular see of Thizica. He was consecrated by Cardinal John O’Connor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 25, 1996. On April 7 of the following year, he was named co-adjutor bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services and on August 12, 1997, he succeeded as archbishop. The Archdiocese for the Military Services serves 1.5 million Catholics including all U.S. Armed Forces and their families as well as 170 Veterans Administration hospitals and U.S. Government employees overseas. From September 2005 to June 2006, he served as the Holy See’s coordinator for the Papal Visitation of Seminaries and Houses of Priestly Formation and in 2007 was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and Seminaries.
On July 12, 2007, his appointment as Archbishop of Baltimore by Pope Benedict XVI was announced. He succeeded Cardinal William H. Keeler, who had served as the 14th Archbishop of the nation’s oldest diocese from 1989 to 2007. Archbishop O’Brien was installed on October 1, 2007.
During his tenure as the 15th Archbishop of the nation’s oldest Catholic diocese, Archbishop O’Brien focused the Church’s ministry in several key areas, including the promotion of vocations, fostering a culture of respect for the dignity of every person, improving the quality of life in Baltimore City, and to help Catholics in the Archdiocese—young, old, and those who may have left the Church—renew and strengthen the bonds of their faith.
Confronted by the disturbing trend of declining Catholic school enrollment, Archbishop O’Brien initiated an unprecedented review and strategic planning process for the entire school system. These efforts led to the creation of a long-term strategy for strengthening Catholic schools. As well, a number of new educational initiatives to help Catholic schools remain competitive were developed.
On August 29, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop O’Brien the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. His predecessor, Cardinal John Foley, resigned the post in February, 2011 due to reasons of health.
On January 6, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop O’Brien to the College of Cardinals.
On July 31, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with His Eminence Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Cardinal Edwin O’Brien was very delighted to support the Saint Pio Foundation’s mission and vision, accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board.
Cardinal Protodiacon and Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino is the current Cardinal Protodiacon and Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, in addition to being a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, and the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State.
Cardinal Raffaele Martino was born in Salerno, Italy, on November, 23, 1932. He was ordained into the priesthood on June 20, 1957, and holds a doctorate in canon law.
He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1962 and worked in the Nunciatures in Nicaragua, The Philippines, Lebanon, Canada, and Brazil. Between 1970 and 1975, Cardinal Martino served in the Secretariat of State. On September 14, 1980, he was appointed titular Archbishop of Segermes and Nuncio in Thailand and Apostolic Delegate in Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, and Brunei and was consecrated on December 14, 1980 by the then Secretary of State Cardinal Agostino Casaroli. In 1986, he was appointed Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. In 1991, he founded the Path to Peace Foundation to further the Holy See’s mission at the U.N. After 16 years of service as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N. Organization, in October, 2002, he was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. On October 25, 2004, under the guidance of Cardinal Martino, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace published the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
On March 11, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Raffaele Martino President the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, where he stayed until 2009, the year of his retirement.
Archbishop of Los Angeles
The Most Rev. José H. Gomez was born on December 26, 1951, in Monterrey, Mexico, the son of Dr. José H. Gomez and Esperanza Velasco, both deceased. He has three older sisters and one younger sister.
Archbishop Gomez was ordained a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature on August 15, 1978, by the late Cardinal Franz König, Archbishop Emeritus of Vienna, at the Shrine of Torreciudad, Spain.
After earning an accounting degree and his B.A. in Philosophy in 1975, Archbishop Gomez completed his B.A. in Theology in 1978, the year he was ordained a priest, at the University of Navarre, Rome Campus. He then began working on a Doctorate in Theology at its Main Campus in Pamplona, Spain, receiving his Doctorate in 1980.
Archbishop Gomez became Archbishop of Los Angeles on March 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles on April 6, 2010, he had served as Archbishop of San Antonio since February 15, 2005, and previously, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, since his ordination on March 26, 2001.
Before being appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop, Archbishop Gomez had primarily ministered to lay people. From 1987 to 2000, he served as a priest in residence at Our Lady of Grace Parish in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and also in Katy, Texas, at the then Diocese of Galveston-Houston.While Auxiliary Bishop of Denver, he served as Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for two years. He was then named Moderator of the Curia and assigned as Pastor of Mother of God Parish.
Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader among Hispanic priests in the United States. Since 1991 he has been involved with the National Association of Hispanic Priests (ANSH), an organization which seeks to strengthen fraternity among the Hispanic priests in the United States. He was named President in 1995 and Executive Director from 1999-2001. He currently serves as their Episcopal Moderator. Throughout the years, he has also been engaged at the National level, in several initiatives and organizations that serve the Hispanic community.
Archbishop Gomez is an enthusiastic supporter of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and constantly encourages all Catholics to witness their faith in their daily lives. Recently, he became a member of the Advisory Board of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.In the last few years he has appeared a number of times in different lists of influential Hispanics in the country.
In 2007, he brought together Latino leaders and Bishops for the creation of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.). The Association’s purpose is to impact the national dialogue and to contribute to the mission of the Church, by identifying initiatives important to the building up of the Catholic community and supporting them in accordance with the Bishops’ directives.
On July 25, 2008 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and on May 8, 2010 he was named member of the Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
During 2008 and 2009 Archbishop Gomez served as the first chairman of the new Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the USCCB, which was created to respond to the numerous and urgent needs of Church and society today, within the context of increasingly diverse cultures and races in our country.
In addition to those already mentioned, Archbishop Gomez presently serves on the following boards and committees:
His Episcopal motto is taken from a scriptural passage of the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us go forth with confidence to the Throne of Grace” (Heb. 4:16).
On April 8th, 2014 Maestro Luciano Lamonarca (CEO of Saint Pio Foundation) met with Archbishop José Horacio Gómez (Archbishop of Los Angeles) in Los Angeles. On this occasion the concepts of the biographic movie of Saint Pio and the new visit Saint Pio Foundation were introduced and discussed in detail, including the first fundraising initiative for the Foundation. Archbishop José Horacio Gómez reinforced his continued support for the vision and initiatives of the Foundation, accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Archbishop of Denver
The Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila was named the Archbishop of Denver on May 29, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.
For his episcopal motto Archbishop Aquila has chosen, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:5). His ministry as shepherd of the people of northern Colorado is dedicated to helping every person experience the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and be moved by that encounter to a lasting commitment to share the Gospel with enthusiasm, creativity and joy.
Archbishop Aquila was born on September 24, 1950, in Burbank, Calif. He was ordained to the priesthood in Denver on June 5, 1976, and served the Denver Archdiocese for 25 years before being appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Fargo, N.D. on June 12, 2001. On March 18, 2002, he became bishop of Fargo upon the retirement of Bishop James Sullivan. He was installed as the eighth Archbishop of Denver on July 18, 2012.
We are delighted to welcome Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila as a member of the Religious Advisory Council of the Saint Pio Foundation. We are honored to receive Archbishop Aquila support, as we bring the legacy of Padre Pio around the Country by “bringing relief from suffering to those in need” in the name of Saint Padre Pio.
Archbishop of New Orleans
The 14th Archbishop of New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, is the first New Orleans native to serve as archbishop in the 216-year history of the archdiocese.
In 1971, he received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph Seminary College. In 1975, he received a master’s degree in divinity from Notre Dame Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was a professor and later rector of St. John Vianney Preparatory School until 1981. He then served as professor of pastoral theology and homiletics and director of pastoral education at Notre Dame Seminary where he later served as president-rector for 14 years. He also served as Executive Director of the archdiocesan Department of Christian Formation and as the archdiocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. In the 1980s he founded and lead a regular medical mission program to Nicaragua.
Archbishop Aymond was ordained auxiliary bishop of New Orleans in 1997, named Bishop of Austin in 2000, and appointed Archbishop of New Orleans in 2009. He has served as chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Committee on Divine Worship. He was also Chair of the Board of the National Catholic Educational Association from 2000-2004. He continues to serve on several US bishops’ committees and currently chairs the board of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
We are delighted to welcome Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond as a member of the Religious Advisory Council of the Saint Pio Foundation. We are honored to receive Archbishop Aymond support, as we bring the legacy of Padre Pio around the Country by “bringing relief from suffering to those in need” in the name of Saint Padre Pio.
Archbishop of Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He attended St. Ann Elementary School, Cleveland Heights and St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Archbishop Broglio was ordained to the priesthood (for the Diocese of Cleveland) on 19 May 1977 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the North American College, Rome.
From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, South Euclid. From 1979 to 1983 Archbishop Broglio attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.
From 1983 to 1987 the Archbishop served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunscion, Paraguay. From 1990 to 2001 Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet for Angleo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.
In February 2001 the Archbishop was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 19 March 2001.
On 19 November 2007 Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, and installed on 25 January 2008, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
Archbishop Broglio is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French.
He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of CRS from 2009 to 2011 and is currently chairman of the USCCB Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and is a member of the Subcommittees for the Defense of Marriage and Health Care. He is an observer to the Committee for International Justice and Peace. Archbishop Broglio also chaired the Task Force charged with planning the 2013 Special Assembly of the Conference.
On July 9, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with The Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in Washington DC. Archbishop Timothy Broglio reinforced his continued support for the vision and initiatives of the Foundation, accepting the position of Chairman of The Military Advisory Committee of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Archbishop of Milwaukee
The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki was named the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI. Listecki succeeded the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, who was named archbishop of New York on February 23, 2009, and installed as archbishop of New York April 15, 2009. Listecki previously served as bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse. He was installed as bishop on March 1, 2005, succeeding the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke.
Archbishop Listecki was installed as archbishop of Milwaukee on January 4, 2010, by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. At that time, he assumed responsibility for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin and took on the day-to-day administration of the archdiocese.
A native of Chicago, Archbishop Listecki attended St. Michael the Archangel Grammar School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and Niles College of Loyola University. He began his graduate studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary in 1971, and was ordained a priest on May 14, 1975. On November 7, 2000, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II and was ordained a bishop on January 8, 2001. In January 2002, Archbishop Listecki was named the episcopal vicar of the Vicariate 1 of the archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, Listecki is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves.
Archbishop Listecki was first assigned as a deacon at St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, Ill., from 1974-1975. His first assignment as a priest was at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chicago, from 1975-1976. In 1976, he was appointed dean of students at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, Chicago, and was also assigned to Mater Christi Parish, North Riverside, Ill. In 1976, Archbishop Listecki earned a civil law degree from DePaul University, Chicago.
Archbishop Listecki began graduate studies in Canon Law and Moral Theology in 1979 at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, earning a doctoral degree in Canon Law in 1981, and continuing Moral Theology studies until his return to the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1983.
Upon returning from Rome, he taught Canon Law and Moral Theology at the Archdiocese of Chicago major seminary, the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He remained on the faculty until his appointment as pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Chicago, in August 2000.
As the bishop of La Crosse, he led the diocese in various initiatives including a successful $50 million dollar capital campaign; the individual incorporation and computerization of all 165 parishes of the diocese; raising over a half-million dollars in Gulf Coast flood relief; assisting in relief for the local floods; and the formulation of a diocesan-wide pastoral plan.
Born March 12, 1949, Archbishop Listecki is the son of Harry and Alfreda (Kasprzk) Listecki. They are both deceased. He has one sister, Mary (Penny), who resides in Tinley Park, Ill., a south Chicago suburb.
His Episcopal motto is the phrase “Life is Christ,” from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (Phil 1:18-26).
On October 24, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki Archbishop of Milwaukee. Archbishop Listecki was very delighted to support the Saint Pio Foundation’s mission and vision, accepting the role as a Member of the Religious Advisory Board.
Archbishop of Hartford
The Most Reverend Leonard Paul Blair, born in Detroit on April 12, 1949, was named the Fifth Archbishop of Hartford on October 29, 2013, and installed in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on December 16, 2013.
Archbishop Blair was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 26, 1976, following studies at Sacred Heart Seminary College, Detroit; the North American College, Rome; and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Archbishop Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Sacred Heart Seminary College; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a Licentiate in Theology (S.T.L.) with a specialization in Patristics and the History of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University; and a Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.
Archbishop Blair’s parish assignments in the Archdiocese of Detroit were St. Martin de Porres, Warren; Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Harper Woods; St. Christopher, Detroit; and St. Paul, Grosse Pointe Farms, where he served as Pastor at the time of his ordination as a Bishop. Other assignments included: Instructor in Church History and Patristics, Saint John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; Archivist for the Archdiocese of Detroit; Administrative Secretary to the Archbishop of Detroit; Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit; Consultor; Dean of Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary College, Detroit; Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Assignments in Rome were in the Vatican Secretariat of State, and later the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See as Secretary to Edmund Cardinal Szoka.
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Over the years Archbishop Blair has served on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Committee on Women in Society & the Church; the Committee on Catechesis; and the Subcommittee on the Catechism, which he chaired. As of November, 2014, he will chair the Committee on Evangelization & Catechesis, and serve as a member of the Doctrine Committee, the Committee on Divine Worship, and the Committee on Religious Liberty.
On July 25, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair reinforced his continued support for the vision and initiatives of the Foundation, accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Bishop of Bridgeport
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. In his installation homily, he spoke of the needs to build bridges to youth, to all those who are troubled, who are neglected and to Catholics who no longer participate in the life of the Church.
On February 22, 2014, he formally convoked the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the first in 32 years, as an opportunity for renewal and pastoral planning for the future of the local Church. After a series of listening sessions with over 4,000 comments by laity, priests and religious across the diocese, the bishop announced the Synod 2014 themes of empowering youth, building up the community of faith, fostering evangelical outreach, and promoting works of charity and justice.
In an historic move of reconciliation, Bishop Caggiano met with the membership of Voice of the Faithful in March 2014 to discuss issues that have divided the local Church for decades. He also reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese to oversee implementation of diocesan Safe Environments policy, and announced the formation of a new Ministerial Advisory Board to review cases in which the bishop must consider action regarding the assignment of a priest or deacon accused of adult misconduct. In the spring of 2014, the bishop initiated a major reorganization of diocesan offices to improve the level of service and communication with parishes.
Bishop Caggiano came to Bridgeport from the Diocese of Brooklyn, where on June 6, 2006, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 22, from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, with Bishops Thomas Daily and Ignatius Catanello serving as co-consecrators.
He was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959, the second of two children of Arnaldo and Gennarina Caggiano, both of whom came to this country in 1958 from the town of Caggiano in the province of Salerno, Italy. He grew up in Saints Simon and Jude Church and attended the parish’s grammar school. The bishop’s education continued at Regis High School in Manhattan, conducted by the Jesuits, where he was a member of the class of 1977.
Bishop Caggiano entered Yale University in September, 1977, as a political science major. After further discernment, he transferred into Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in January, 1978. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in June, 1981.
After graduating from Cathedral College, the bishop worked for 18 months as the sales representative for the Gregg Division of McGraw Hill Publishing Company, serving the entire New York metropolitan area. At the end of this brief period of secular employment, the bishop began his major seminary studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987 in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.
A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. He also preached at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Tipperary, Ireland. He is a member of the sub-committee on the catechism of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In November, 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term as episcopal advisor of The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
On August 28, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with The Most Reverend Frank Joseph Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. Bishop Caggiano was very delighted to support the Saint Pio Foundation’s mission and vision, healthymanviagra.com accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board.
Bishop of La Crosse
The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, OFM. Conv., is a Conventual Franciscan of the St. Bonaventure Province in Chicago. A Chicago native, he graduated from Loyola University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Communications. He then earned his master’s of divinity degree from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Bishop Callahan was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 1977, by Milwaukee Archbishop William E. Cousins. He went on to serve parishes in Milwaukee and Peoria, was the Director of Vocations for his order and later Spiritual Director for the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI named him an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on October 30, 2007. He was the first Conventual Franciscan to be named a bishop in the United States. On April 20, 2009, the College of Consultors elected him to serve as the administrator of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a position he held until January 4, 2010 when Archbishop Jerome Listecki was installed as Archbishop of Milwaukee. On June 11, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Callahan the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Bishop Callahan currently serves on the boards for the Mundelein Seminary, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, the Pontifical North American College, and the National Religious Retirement Management Board. On October 9, 2017 Bishop Callahan was appointed Episcopal Moderator of the St. Pio Foundation fostering devotion to one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.
On October 24, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, Bishop of La Crosse. Bishop Callahan was very delighted to support the Saint Pio Foundation’s mission and vision, accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board.
Bishop of Orange
Bishop Kevin W. Vann was born on May 10, 1951 in Springfield, Illinois. He is the oldest of six children of William M. Vann Jr. and Theresa Jones Vann. He is a graduate of Springfield’s St. Agnes Grade and Griffin High Schools. He attended Springfield College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Millikin University, located in Decatur, Illinois. After working three years as a medical technologist, he entered the seminary in l976, spending a year at the Immaculate Conception Diocesan Seminary in Springfield and four years at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, major-ing in theology.
After his ordination on May 30, l981, he was assigned to graduate studies in Canon Law at the Angelicum in Rome, with residence at the graduate house of the North American College in Rome, the Casa Santa Maria dell’ Umilta.
Upon returning to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Father Vann was involved in the work of the Diocesan Tribunal and the Tribunal of Second Instance in Chicago. He served as pastor of parishes ranging in size from 35 to 1,300 families, two of which had large schools. He taught Canon Law at Kenrick Seminary. Before he was named bishop, he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, Vicar for Priests, and the Diocesan contact for Hispanic Ministry.
Bishop Vann was ordained and installed as the third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Texas Christian University’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
In Texas, he collaborated closely with other bishops through the Texas Catholic Conference and Region X which includes dioceses of States of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is the former Texas Bishops’ Liaison to the Texas Mission Council and Texas Catholic hospitals. And, through the U.S. Conference of Bishops, he works with bishops across the United States as well as globally.
Bishop Vann was a leader in the Texas Conference of Bishops, providing leadership for various initiatives at the national level, including service on ad hoc committee which assisted the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church of the United States. He is a member of the USCCB Committee on Migration, as well as the Canonical Affairs Committee. Bishop Vann is the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith’s Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision in the United States.
On September 21, 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Bishop Kevin W. Vann as the fourth Bishop of Orange.
On June 25, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange. Bishop Kevin W. Vann reinforced his continued support for the vision and initiatives of the Foundation, accepting the role as a Member of The Religious Advisory Board of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Bishop of Gary
Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, installed as the Fourth Bishop of Gary on January 6, 2015, was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989. On July 20, 2011, he was ordained the seventh Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Prior to being named auxiliary bishop, Bishop Hying served as Rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2007 to 2011, appointed by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. Bishop Hying served as Temporary Administrator at St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee in 2006; Dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, from 2005 to 2007. He was Pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee from 1999 to 2005; Associate Pastor at St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee from 1998 to 1999. Hying served as Temporary Administrator at St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998; Team Member for La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1997. His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls from 1989 to 1994.
Bishop Hying is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin. He was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963, and is the youngest of six sons. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School, and Marquette University. He earned his Master of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.
Bishop Hying serves as the Episcopal Liaison for National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as Episcopal Advisor to the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is also a member of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
Bishop of Bismarck
Bishop Kagan was born in Waukegan, Illinois, Nov. 9, 1949, and grew up in Spring Grove. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; an S.T.B. in Sacred Theology an M.A. in Sacred Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law all from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Bishop Kagan was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill in 1975. He served the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, in several parishes both as associate pastor and pastor. He has served as chaplain for Maria Linden and for the Poor Clare Colettines in Rockford. He has been director of the Office of Communication and of Vianney Oaks Retirement Home.
Bishop Kagan’s diocesan administrative positions included service to the Tribunal as judge, Vice-Officialis and as Officialis; service as Chancellor ad interim, promoter of the Third Legislative Synod of the diocese; associate publisher of The Observer; misconduct officer for the diocese; and service as Diocesan Consultor, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar General.
Bishop Kagan was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness and received the title of monsignor in 1994 and was admitted to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as a Knight Commander in 1995. July 2011, he was invested in the Ferraiolo of a Prelate to signify his elevation to the title of Protonotary Apostolic Super Numerary of the Supreme Pontiff which is the highest level of honor for a monsignor.
Following his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI, David D. Kagan became the seventh Bishop of Bismarck on November 30, 2011. On July 18, 2012, upon the appointment of then-Bishop of Fargo Samuel Aquila as Archbishop of Denver, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Kagan apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Fargo. He served in this role until Monsignor John Folda was ordained and installed as the eighth Bishop of Fargo on June 19, 2013. Bishop Kagan began a three-year term on the Board of Governors at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri on January 1, 2014. He also currently serves as the Region VIII Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a one-year appointment that began in November 2013.
Bishop of Jackson
Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz was ordained and installed as the 11th Bishop of Jackson on Feb. 6, 2014. The official appointment of Pope Francis was announced on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12) in 2013 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. More than 25 bishops and abbots participated in the ordination liturgy before a standing room only crowd in the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson, MS.
Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1950, the son of the late Stanley and Carmella Marie Calomino Kopacz. He is the second of three children with a brother, Robert, recently deceased, and a sister, Mary Ellen Negri.
He was ordained to the Diaconate on April 23, 1976 by the Most Reverend J. Carroll McCormick and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 7, 1977, also by Bishop McCormick for the Diocese of Scranton, PA.
Prior to his episcopal ordination in Jackson, MS he served as a priest in the Diocese of Scranton for 36 1⁄2 years. Over this period of time he served in a variety of ministries, at times overlapping. He was a Parochial Vicar for three years and a pastor in several parish assignments for a total of 23 1⁄2 years. He was Vicar for Priests for eight years and seminary formation director for 14 years. In addition, he served as a Vicar General for three years. In 2000, Father Kopacz earned a Doctorate in Human Development from Marywood University.
During his years of pastoral ministry, Father Kopacz also served in a variety of other Diocesan positions, including President of the Catholic Schools’ Board of Education, an advocate in the Tribunal, a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, Director of Continuing Education for Priests, a member of the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council, and Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry for Monroe County. All of these ministries and experiences have served him well in his episcopal service as the Bishop of Jackson.
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
The Most Reverend Dominick J. Lagonegro was born on March 6, 1943. He is the only child of Dominick R. Lagonegro and Diamentina Morgado.
Bishop Lagonegro was born and raised in White Plains, New York, where he attended public school. He was baptized at St. John’s Church in White Plains, and he made his first Holy Communion and Confirmation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, White Plains.
In 1957, Bishop Lagonegro entered Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in New York where he completed four years of high school, followed by two years of college at Cathedral College in Douglaston. After being graduated, Bishop Lagonegro entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
In 1968, Bishop Lagonegro was ordained a Deacon and assigned to St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus in the Bronx. After one year of service Bishop Lagonegro was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 31, 1969. Since his ordination in 1969, Bishop Lagonegro was appointed to various parishes throughout the northern counties of New York. Bishop Lagonegro has been appointed to St. Vito’s in Mamaroneck; St. Joseph’s in Kingston; and Holy Trinity in Poughkeepsie; and he served as Pastor to the churches of St. Denis and was the founding pastor of St. Columba in Hopewell Junction, New York.
Bishop Lagonegro also served on many commissions and committees throughout his ministry. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus; the Human Rights Commission in Mamaroneck, Kingston, and Hopewell Junction; and the Kingston and LaGrange Rotary Clubs.
As a Chaplain, Bishop Lagonegro served the Sons of Italy Lodge in Mamaroneck, the Dutchess County Boy Scout Council, and the Police Department in both the City of Poughkeepsie and the City of East Fishkill.
In 1997, Bishop Lagonegro was appointed Vicar for the Vicariate of Dutchess County and on December 12, 2001, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York and Titular Bishop of Modruš. In 2002, Bishop Lagonegro was named pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh and the Vicar of Orange County. He is a member of the New York State Coalition Public Policy Committee.
In 2009, he was named the Episcopal Vicar of the Northern Vicariates (Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster), with residence in Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh.
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with The Most Reverend Dominick J. Lagonegro, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, who accepted to join the Saint Pio Foundation as a member of the Religious Advisory Board.
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese, Military Services, USA, Vicar for Europe & Asia
Bishop F. Richard Spencer was born in Sylacauga, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement, a Master of Education Degree in Counseling, a Master of Divinity Degree, a STB Degree and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. His military education includes: Military Police Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Chaplain Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff Officer Course and Clinical Pastoral Education, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.; and selected to attend the Resident National War College, Class 2010. He was Ordained a Roman Catholic Bishop 08 September 2010 and currently serves as the Vicar for all military Chapels (and U.S. State Department Embassies) in Europe and in Asia for the Archdiocese, Military Services, USA.
Bishop Spencer was commissioned an Army Officer in 1973 and began serving active duty 1974. Following his years as a Military Police Officer, he was released from active duty in 1978 to pursue ministerial studies. Ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Baltimore 14 May 1988 and also began serving with the USAR and ARNG Units in Maryland. Chaplain Spencer returned to active duty ministry, January, 1999, and served in Korea, Bosnia, Egypt, Pentagon (during 9/11) and Germany in capacities to include Brigade and Division positions. He has deployed into Iraq on five occasions and returned Jan 2012 from a deployment in Afghanistan. Bishop Spencer retired from the US Armed Forces as a Chaplain, Colonel, February, 2014.
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