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The Year of Our Lord 1978

Bishop Events

January to February


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DateAgeEventBishopTitleCurrent Title
unknownDiedJohn Boerkamp, M.H.M. †Prefect of Jammu and Kashmir, India
23.0ProfessedNikolaus Messmer, S.J.Priest of Society of JesusApostolic Administrator of Kyrgyzstan
36.3AppointedAnicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga, O.F.M. Cap.Prefect of Sibolga, IndonesiaArchbishop of Medan, Indonesia
27.6Ordained PriestJan Szpilka, S.D.S.Priest of Society of the Divine SaviorApostolic Administrator Emeritus of Comores
30.3Ordained PriestClement TirkeyPriest of Darjeeling, IndiaBishop of Jalpaiguri, India
26.0ProfessedHéctor Eduardo Vargas Bastidas, S.D.B.Member of Salesians of Saint John BoscoBishop of Temuco, Chile
Jan58.5AppointedGiovanni MarianiOfficial of the Secretariat of StateApostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Greece
54.5AppointedMarco René Revelo ContrerasAuxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, El SalvadorBishop Emeritus of Santa Ana, El Salvador
2 Jan48.9AppointedThomas Joseph CostelloAuxiliary Bishop of Syracuse, New York, USAAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus
48.9AppointedThomas Joseph CostelloTitular Bishop of PerdicesAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Syracuse, New York, USA
59.0InstalledFortunato Antonio RossiBishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, ArgentinaArchbishop Emeritus of Corrientes, Argentina
3 Jan46.4AppointedLuiz ColussiAuxiliary Bishop of Londrina, Parana, BrazilBishop of Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil
46.4AppointedLuiz ColussiTitular Bishop of GorBishop of Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil
46.8AppointedClóvis Frainer, O.F.M. Cap.Prelate of Coxim, Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilArchbishop Emeritus of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
42.6AppointedJosé Martins da Silva, S.D.N.Prelate of Vila Rondônia, Rondonia, BrazilArchbishop Emeritus of Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil
73.9ResignedHubert Michael NewellBishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, USABishop Emeritus
53.3AppointedGeraldo Majela ReisBishop of Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilArchbishop Emeritus of Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5 Jan53.0AppointedUbaldo CalabresiApostolic Nuncio to VenezuelaApostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Argentina
62.2ResignedVictor Garaygordóbil BerrizbeitiaTitular Bishop of PudentianaPrelate Emeritus of Babahoyo, Ecuador
7 Jan27.2Ordained PriestFidèle AgbatchiPriestArchbishop Emeritus of Parakou, Benin
25.1Ordained PriestJoão Bosco Barbosa de Sousa, O.F.M.Priest of Order of Friars MinorBishop of Osasco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
27.1Ordained PriestIrineu Roque SchererPriest of Toledo, Parana, BrazilBishop of Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
8 Jan46.4Ordained BishopFelix Eugenio MkhoriTitular Bishop of Sicca VeneriaBishop Emeritus of Lilongwe, Malawi
10 Jan49.4AppointedLawrence James McNamaraBishop of Grand Island, Nebraska, USABishop Emeritus
52.2ResignedLuis Sánchez-Moreno LiraTitular Bishop of NilopolisArchbishop Emeritus of Arequipa, Peru
11 Jan78.5InstalledFrantišek TomášekArchbishop of Praha {Prague}, Czech RepublicCardinal, Archbishop Emeritus
13 Jan51.9Ordained BishopJoseph Anthony FerrarioTitular Bishop of CusaeBishop Emeritus of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
15 Jan55.6ResignedLuis Baldo Riva, C.SS.R. †Titular Bishop of SardaPrelate of Chuquibamba, Peru
51.7InstalledSergio Otoniel Contreras NaviaBishop of Temuco, ChileBishop Emeritus
50.1Ordained BishopAngelo SodanoTitular Archbishop of Nova CaesarisCardinal, Secretary Emeritus of the Secretariat of State
16 Jan47.3AppointedJerónimo Tomás Abreu HerreraBishop of Mao-Monte Cristi, Dominican RepublicBishop Emeritus
41.2AppointedNicolás de Jesús López RodríguezBishop of San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican RepublicCardinal, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
89.1DiedLuciano MarcanteBishop Emeritus of Valva e Sulmona, Italy
17 Jan82.8DiedJuliusz BieniekAuxiliary Bishop of Katowice, Poland
48.5ResignedLorenzo Miccheli Filippetti, O.S.A. †Titular Bishop of Apisa MaiusPrelate Emeritus of Chuquibambilla, Peru
46.5ResignedAlbert Onyembo Lomandjo, C.S.Sp.Bishop of Kindu, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Bishop Emeritus
23.5ProfessedManoel Delson Pedreira da Cruz, O.F.M. Cap.Member of Order of Friars Minor CapuchinBishop of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil
23.2Professed (Perpetual Vows)Paul Rouhana, O.L.M.Member of Order of Lebanese Maronite (Maronite)Auxiliary Bishop of Joubbé, Sarba e Jounieh (Maronite), Lebanon
58.7DiedSotero Sanz VillalbaApostolic Delegate to México
18 Jan25.2Ordained PriestJosé Edson Santana de OliveiraPriestBishop of Eunápolis, Bahia, Brazil
48.0AppointedEmilio Vallebuona Merea, S.D.B. †Bishop of Huaraz, PeruArchbishop of Huancayo, Peru
59.9AppointedFernando Vargas Ruiz de Somocurcio, S.J. †Archbishop of Piura, PeruArchbishop Emeritus of Arequipa, Peru
19 Jan64.3AppointedIsmaele Mario Castellano, O.P. †Bishop of Montalcino, ItalyArchbishop Emeritus of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino, Italy
20 Jan38.7Ordained BishopJosé Joaquín Troconis MontielTitular Bishop of Castellum MinusAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Valencia en Venezuela
21 Jan40.3Ordained BishopVittorio Luigi MondelloTitular Bishop of CarcabiaArchbishop Emeritus of Reggio Calabria-Bova, Italy
27.2Ordained PriestLeonardo Ulrich Steiner, O.F.M.Priest of Order of Friars MinorAuxiliary Bishop of Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
24 Jan66.0AppointedEmanuele RomanoCoadjutor Bishop of Trapani, ItalyBishop Emeritus
25 Jan47.9Ordained BishopPedro Rosales DeanTitular Bishop of ThuccaboraArchbishop Emeritus of Palo, Philippines
38.4Ordained BishopJesus Armamento Dosado, C.M.Titular Bishop of NabalaArchbishop of Ozamis, Philippines
55.0AppointedAntonio Riboldi, I.C.Bishop of Acerra, ItalyBishop Emeritus
26 Jan46.9AppointedRafael Montiano LimBishop of Boac, Philippines
63.2AppointedLuis Enrique Orellana Ricaurte, S.J. †Auxiliary Bishop of Guayaquil, EcuadorAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Quito, Ecuador
63.2AppointedLuis Enrique Orellana Ricaurte, S.J. †Titular Bishop of BennefaAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Quito, Ecuador
27 Jan72.7AppointedFrancesco CarpinoCardinal-Bishop of AlbanoCardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo, Italy
29 Jan61.7AppointedDomingo Jafet Herrera CastilloAuxiliary Bishop of Yucatán, México
61.7AppointedDomingo Jafet Herrera CastilloTitular Bishop of GegiAuxiliary Bishop of Yucatán, México
30 Jan44.6AppointedMichael AugustineAuxiliary Bishop of Madras and Mylapore (Meliapor), IndiaArchbishop Emeritus of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, India
44.6AppointedMichael AugustineTitular Bishop of BararusArchbishop Emeritus of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, India
76.4RetiredJerome M. FernandezBishop of Quilon, IndiaBishop Emeritus
52.4AppointedJoseph Gabriel FernandezBishop of Quilon, IndiaBishop Emeritus
50.6AppointedRaul Nicolau GonsalvesArchbishop of Goa e Damão, IndiaArchbishop Emeritus
50.6AppointedRaul Nicolau GonsalvesPatriarch of East Indies, IndiaArchbishop Emeritus of Goa e Damão, India
52.9AppointedAntonio José González ZumárragaBishop of Machala, EcuadorCardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Quito, Ecuador
66.4ResignedVicente Felicísimo Maya GuzmánBishop of Machala, EcuadorBishop Emeritus
55.1AppointedJohn Christopher Mahon, S.P.S. †Bishop of Lodwar, KenyaBishop Emeritus
31 Jan51.4AppointedJuan Angel Belda DardiñáBishop of Jaca, SpainBishop Emeritus of León, Spain
60.7AppointedJosé María Cirarda LachiondoArchbishop of Pamplona (-Tudela), SpainArchbishop Emeritus of Pamplona y Tudela, Spain
75.3RetiredÁngel Hidalgo IbáñezBishop of Jaca, SpainBishop Emeritus
56.9AppointedJosé Méndez AsensioArchbishop of Granada, SpainArchbishop Emeritus
2 Feb23.7ProfessedSérgio Eduardo Castriani, C.S.Sp.Member of Congregation of the Holy SpiritArchbishop of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
19.2ProfessedVilson Dias de Oliveira, D.C.Member of Congregation of Christian DoctrineBishop of Limeira, Sao Paulo, Brazil
96.3DiedDomenico PetroniBishop Emeritus of Melfi e Rapolla, Italy
58.4Ordained BishopLouis Pham Van NâmTitular Bishop of AcufidaAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh (Hôchiminh Ville), Viet Nam
54.6Ordained BishopConrado Walter, S.A.C.Titular Bishop of LysiniaBishop Emeritus of Jacarezinho, Parana, Brazil
3 Feb53.8AppointedJorge Mario Avila del Aguila, C.M. †Apostolic Administrator of El Petén, GuatemalaBishop Emeritus of Jalapa, Guatemala
5 Feb47.9Ordained BishopJoseph Hisajiro MatsunagaTitular Bishop of UmbriaticoBishop of Fukuoka, Japan
48.0Ordained BishopAlbert Kanene ObiefunaBishop of Awka, NigeriaArchbishop Emeritus of Onitsha, Nigeria
46.1InstalledSixto José Parzinger Foidl, O.F.M. Cap.Vicar Apostolic of Araucanía, ChileBishop Emeritus of Villarrica, Chile
7 Feb56.6AppointedFrançois Abou Mokh, B.S. †Auxiliary Bishop of Antiochia {Antioch} (Melkite Greek), SyriaCurial Bishop Emeritus
56.6AppointedFrançois Abou Mokh, B.S. †Titular Archbishop of Palmyra dei Greco-MelkitiCurial Bishop Emeritus of Antiochia {Antioch} (Melkite Greek), Syria
72.2DiedClemente Carranza y LópezBishop of Esteli, Nicaragua
57.5AppointedElias Nijmé, B.A. †Archbishop of Tripoli del Libano {Tarabulus} (Melkite Greek)Archbishop Emeritus
56.3AppointedGirolamo PrigioneApostolic Delegate to MéxicoApostolic Nuncio Emeritus
9 Feb52.8AppointedJames Hector MacDonald, C.S.C.Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaArchbishop Emeritus of Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
52.8AppointedJames Hector MacDonald, C.S.C.Titular Bishop of GibbaArchbishop Emeritus of Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
10 Feb57.1DiedRedento Maria Gauci, O. Carm. †Prelate Emeritus of Chuquibamba, Peru
11 Feb30.1Ordained PriestGerhard Ludwig MüllerPriest of Mainz, GermanyCardinal, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
47.7AppointedSerafino SprovieriAuxiliary Bishop of Catanzaro, ItalyArchbishop Emeritus of Benevento, Italy
47.7AppointedSerafino SprovieriTitular Bishop of ThemisoniumArchbishop Emeritus of Benevento, Italy
13 Feb68.4DiedAnastasio Granados GarcíaBishop of Palencia, Spain
15 Feb49.0ResignedJorge Bernal Vargas, L.C.Titular Bishop of VelefiPrelate Emeritus of Cancún-Chetumal, Quintana Roo, México
50.1ResignedHilario Chávez Joya, M.N.M. †Titular Bishop of CrepedulaBishop Emeritus of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, México
70.8AppointedTelesforo Giovanni Cioli, O. Carm. †Bishop of Cortona, ItalyBishop Emeritus of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Italy
86.2RetiredGiuseppe FrancioliniBishop of Cortona, ItalyBishop Emeritus
43.6AppointedLuciano GiovannettiAuxiliary Bishop of Arezzo, ItalyBishop Emeritus of Fiesole, Italy
43.6AppointedLuciano GiovannettiTitular Bishop of ZabaBishop Emeritus of Fiesole, Italy
65.2ResignedJusto Goizueta Gridilla, O.A.R. †Titular Bishop of EgaraPrelate Emeritus of Madera, Chihuahua, México
55.3ResignedFrancisco Medina Ramirez, O.C.D. †Titular Bishop of SestaPrelate of El Salto, Durango, México
48.8ResignedHermenegildo Ramírez Sánchez, M.J.Titular Bishop of Santa GiustaPrelate Emeritus of Huautla, Oaxaca, México
58.8ResignedManuel Romero Arvizu, O.F.M. †Titular Bishop of DusaPrelate Emeritus of Jesús María (del Nayar), Nayarit, México
55.5ResignedBraulio Sánchez Fuentes, S.D.B. †Titular Bishop of Aquae Novae in ProconsulariPrelate Emeritus of Mixes, Oaxaca, México
17 Feb43.5AppointedEusebius Joseph BeltranBishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAArchbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
45.8Ordained BishopAnthony Soter FernandezBishop of Penang, MalaysiaArchbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
78.4DiedJohann Rüth, SS.CC. †Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Central Norway {Norvegia Centrale}
18 Feb24.6Ordained PriestPeter Malcolm BrignallPriest of Menevia, Wales, Great BritainBishop of Wrexham, Wales, Great Britain
43.3ResignedFernando R. CapallaTitular Bishop of GrumentumArchbishop Emeritus of Davao, Philippines
55.6ResignedCornelius de Wit, M.H.M. †Titular Bishop of AmisusPrelate Emeritus of San Jose de Antique, Philippines
55.6ResignedFederico O. Escaler, S.J.Titular Bishop of Girus TarasiiPrelate Emeritus of Ipil, Philippines
65.3ResignedOdilo Etspueler, S.V.D. †Titular Bishop of FataBishop Emeritus of Bangued, Philippines
57.1Ordained BishopMaximilian GoffartTitular Bishop of UzitaAuxiliary Bishop of Aachen, Germany
51.6ResignedJulio Xavier Labayen, O.C.D.Titular Bishop of SinnuaraPrelate Emeritus of Infanta, Philippines
42.3Ordained BishopHugo Eugenio Puccini BanfiTitular Bishop of Oppidum ConsilinumBishop of Santa Marta, Colombia
62.2ResignedAlbert van Overbeke, C.I.C.M. †Titular Bishop of CaliabriaBishop Emeritus of Bayombong, Philippines
19 Feb82.7DiedPietro Massa, P.I.M.E. †Bishop of Nanyang [Nanyang], China
21 Feb56.2ResignedTomás Alberto Clavel MéndezTitular Archbishop of AlexanumArchbishop Emeritus of Panamá
23 Feb63.9DiedEugéne Cornelius Arthurs, I.C. †Bishop Emeritus of Tanga, Tanzania
75.6DiedPaul Yoshigoro TaguchiCardinal, Archbishop of Osaka, Japan
25 Feb25.8Ordained PriestPedro Carlos CipoliniPriest of Franca, Sao Paulo, BrazilBishop of Amparo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
41.3Ordained BishopNicolás de Jesús López RodríguezBishop of San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican RepublicCardinal, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
26 Feb54.6Ordained BishopPhilip Ekka, S.J. †Bishop of Ambikapur, IndiaBishop Emeritus of Raipur, India
59.2Ordained BishopMichael Ugwu EnejaBishop of Enugu, NigeriaBishop Emeritus
27 Feb43.2AppointedRafael Arcadio Bernal Supelano, C.SS.R.Vicar Apostolic of Sibundoy, ColombiaBishop Emeritus of Líbano-Honda, Colombia
43.2AppointedRafael Arcadio Bernal Supelano, C.SS.R.Titular Bishop of AmudarsaBishop Emeritus of Líbano-Honda, Colombia
77.3RetiredEugene Joseph Butler, C.S.Sp. †Bishop of Mombasa, KenyaBishop Emeritus
38.4AppointedArmando Umberto Gianni, O.F.M. Cap.Bishop of Bouar, Central African Republic
60.1AppointedDominic Joseph Chwane Khumalo, O.M.I. †Auxiliary Bishop of Durban, South AfricaAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus
60.1AppointedDominic Joseph Chwane Khumalo, O.M.I. †Titular Bishop of BuxentumAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Durban, South Africa
42.0AppointedNicodemus KirimaBishop of Mombasa, KenyaArchbishop of Nyeri, Kenya
35.6AppointedZacchaeus OkothBishop of Kisumu, KenyaArchbishop of Kisumu, Kenya
53.6AppointedDaniel Alphonse Omer Verstraete, O.M.I.Bishop of Klerksdorp, South AfricaBishop Emeritus
28 Feb58.2DiedDenis NgandeBishop of Bafoussam, Cameroon
58.7AppointedMario Revollo BravoArchbishop of Nueva Pamplona, ColombiaCardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Bogotá, Colombia
50.3Ordained BishopFrank Joseph RodimerBishop of Paterson, New Jersey, USABishop Emeritus
43.0AppointedPeter Anthony RosazzaAuxiliary Bishop of Hartford, Connecticut, USAAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus
43.0AppointedPeter Anthony RosazzaTitular Bishop of Oppidum NovumAuxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Hartford, Connecticut, USA
76.2RetiredAlfredo Rubio DiazArchbishop of Nueva Pamplona, ColombiaArchbishop Emeritus
40.5AppointedPhilip SulumetiBishop of Kakamega, Kenya
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