March 4, 2014 11:46 a.m. | Portland Sergio Cisneros / OPB
An Auxiliary Bishop assists the Archbishop in confirmations and other tasks.
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.