Monday, March 17, 2014

New Auxiliary Bishop Named to Archdiocese of Portland...He will wear many hats.

 March 4, 2014 11:46 a.m. | Portland  Sergio Cisneros / OPB

Father Peter Leslie Smith is the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Portland. Pope Francis appointed him.

An Auxiliary Bishop assists the Archbishop in confirmations and other tasks.

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, left, and
newly named Auxiliary Bishop, Father Peter Leslie Smith.
The last time an Auxiliary Bishop was appointed in Portland was thirty-six years ago. The most recent one retired two years ago.

Bishop-elect Smith says he was not expecting the appointment.

I love being out here in the Northwest and serving the presbyterate.  This is where the door opened for me to serve and it’s just an honor and a surprising one to get into this position.”

Bishop-elect Smith is serving as Vicar General and Moderator of Curia for the Archdiocese. He will continue those positions after he is ordained bishop.

The new Auxiliary Bishop was born in South Africa. His ordination is tentatively set for April.

1 comment:

Frances said...

Blessings Father Smith. God Be With you.