Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville
Mario E. Dorsonville was born October 31, 1960 in Bogotá, Colombia, the only child of Leonor M. Rodríguez and Carlos J. Dorsonville. He attended the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1981 and a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology in 1985. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 23, 1985 in Bogotá. Following ordination, he served as Associate Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Bogotá (1986), Pastor of San Jose de Calasanz parish, Bogotá (1987-1991), Associate Chaplain (1988-1991) and Professor of Ethics (1990-1991) at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá.
Bishop Dorsonville received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá in 1991 and a Doctorate in Ministry from The Catholic University of America in 1996. From 1992-1994, while studying at Catholic University, he assisted the Hispanic community on weekends at Good Shepherd and Christ the Redeemer parishes in Arlington, Virginia, and served as a lecturer at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. He served as Professor of Theology and Catechesis at the Institute for Hispanic Pastoral Studies of Arlington from 1993-1994. He returned to Colombia to serve as Chaplain and Professor of Ethics to the National University of Colombia and Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Catechesis at the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Bogotá from 1995-1996.
He served as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Bethesda, Maryland (1997-2004) and St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Hyattsville, Maryland (2004). He was a member of the Board of Directors for Carroll Publishing Company from 2001-2004.
Bishop Dorsonville served as Vice President for Mission of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (2005-2015) and Director of the Spanish Catholic Center (2005-2015). He completed an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management at Georgetown University in 2009. He served as a mentor for newly ordained priests from 2010-2014 and as Adjunct Spiritual Director for St. John Paul II Seminary in Washington, D.C. (2011-2015).
He was named an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope Francis on March 20, 2015 and ordained to the episcopate on April 20, 2015. He has served as Vicar General and Moderator of Ethnic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Washington since 2015. He has served as a member of the Council of Priests for the Archdiocese of Washington since 2006, and a member of the College of Consultors for the Archdiocese of Washington since 2011. Bishop Dorsonville is a member of the Committee on Catholic Education and is Chairman-Elect for the Committee on Migration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Coat of Arms of Bishop Dorsonville
In designing the shield — the central element in what is formally called the heraldic achievement — a Bishop has an opportunity to depict symbolically various aspects of his own life and heritage, and particular elements of Catholic faith and devotion. The formal description of a coat of arms, known as the blazon, uses a technical language, derived from medieval French and English terms, which allows the appearance and position of each element in the achievement to be recorded precisely.
The field of Bishop Dorsonville’s shield is painted blue (azure), a color long associated with Our Lady. In the center of the shield is a tower painted gold (Or), which is likewise a symbol of the Blessed Mother, who in the Litany of Loreto is invoked as the “Tower of David” and a “House of Gold.” The same charge appears on the arms of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Bishop Dorsonville was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Washington in 1999, and he has worked closely with the Cardinal as a member of the Council of Priests and of the College of Consultors.
The tower is charged with a “Chi-Rho”, an ancient monogram for Our Lord, painted red (gules). It is formed of the two Greek letters — chi, which resembles the Latin letter “X” and rho, which resembles the Latin letter “P” — that begin the Greek form of the title Christos, that is, Christ. The spiritual strength symbolized by the tower has its origin in the grace that comes through Jesus Christ, who is “a tower of salvation” (2 Sam 22:51), “a strong tower against the enemy” (Psalm 61:3). Taken as a whole, the design thus alludes to the mystery of salvation through the Incarnation of Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and the redemption that Christ won for us through his sacrifice on the Cross.
The tinctures of the Bishop’s coat of arms have another significance: they are the colors to be found in the national flag of the Republic of Colombia. Bishop Dorsonville was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1960, and he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Bogotá in 1985. As an immigrant to the United States himself, throughout his time in this country he has taken an active role in ministry to immigrants, always mindful of the command of the Lord to welcome the stranger (cf. Matt 25:35). In 2005, he was named named Vice President for Mission for Catholic Charities in the archdiocese, and director of the Spanish Catholic Center (Centro Católico Hispano). The open door of the tower on the Bishop’s shield also alludes to the welcome the Church offers to immigrants in the name of Christ.
The scroll below the shield bears the Bishop’s motto: Sacerdos in Aeternum. These words from Psalm 110:4 — “The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’” — are echoed in the Letter to the Hebrews, which applies them to Our Lord and his self-sacrifice on the Cross. Bishop Dorsonville has been involved in the formation of new priests both in Colombia and in the United States, as a professor at the major seminary in Bogotá from 1995 to 1996, and as adjunct spiritual director at Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington since 2011. Now, by his ordination as a bishop, he receives the fullness of the priesthood of the New Covenant, which he must always exercise in union with Jesus Christ the High Priest.
The shield is ensigned with external elements that identify the bearer as a Bishop. A gold processional cross appears behind the shield. The galero or “pilgrim’s hat” is used heraldically in various colors and with specific numbers of tassels to indicate the rank of a bearer of a coat of arms. A Bishop uses a green galero with three rows of green tassels.
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Bishop Roy Edward Campbell, Jr
Bishop Roy E. Campbell, Jr., was born on November 19, 1947 to Roy Edward Campbell, Sr. and Julia Ann (Chesley) Campbell, and has been a life-long member of the Archdiocese of Washington. He was baptized at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Indian Head, MD, received his First Holy Communion in 1956 at Saint Cyprian Church in Southeast Washington and the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1959 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Northwest Washington.
He attended Bruce Elementary Public School and for seventh and eighth grade, he attended Shrine of the Sacred Heart School in Washington. He is a 1965 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington. Father Campbell majored in Zoology, with minors in Anthropology and Chemistry at Howard University, before leaving to work at Suburban Trust Company as a teller in order to continue to pay his way to complete his studies. Campbell earned a graduate degree in retail banking from the Consumer Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, and worked in the retail banking industry in the Washington-Baltimore area until taking early retirement in 2002.
Throughout his life, Father Campbell was an active Catholic both in parishes and the broader Washington-area community, serving as a lector and usher at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, as a member on the Pastoral and Finance Councils. He also had an interest at a young age in a vocation to the priesthood.
“Upon graduating from the eighth grade, Capuchin Friars invited me to join other boys for part of the summer at their seminary, outside Pittsburgh. I enjoyed my stay with them, but was not ready to commit to attending seminary high school. However, the crucifix that I purchased there at age 13 still hangs on the wall of my bedroom,” he said.
A turning point for Father Campbell occurred in December of 1995, while leaving work in Baltimore. He passed a person on the street begging for food, and he took him to get something to eat. “What he said to me I have never forgotten, ‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you?’ Campbell recalled. “My answer to him is just as memorable, ‘I try to be.’ I saw Jesus in that man, as clearly as I saw the man himself. That encounter started my reflecting on my relationship with Jesus in a very different way.”
In 1999, Campbell entered the archdiocese’s permanent diaconate program in the Class of 2004’s Aspirant Year. During that time, he assisted in planning and serving in liturgies, tutoring grade school children through St. Gabriel parish’s Petworth Youth Program, volunteered at Bethlehem House with adults who had physical and learning disabilities, and at the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute with children who had emotional and learning disabilities.
In January 2003, Campbell entered Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary to begin his priestly formation, and completed his seminary studies at in 2007, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 26, 2007 by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Father Campbell’s first parish assignment was as parochial vicar at Saint Augustine parish in Washington 2007 to 2008, while also taking care of the sacramental needs of Immaculate Conception parish in Washington for six months. He was appointed pastor of Assumption Catholic Church in southeast Washington in 2008, and in 2010 was appointed to his current assignment, as pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Largo.
In addition to being the pastor of Saint Joseph’s, he has served as dean of Middle Prince George’s County, and is a member of the Clergy Personnel Board, Vocations Board and College of Consultors.
Father Campbell has three brothers, Roscoe William, Rodney Jerome and Robert, and two sisters, Cynthia and Darlene and his mother, Elizabeth (Barbour) Campbell. Rev. Campbell’s father, Mr. Roy Edward Campbell, Sr., passed away in 2007. Rev. Campbell is the proud uncle of eight nieces, five nephews, six grandnephews and two grandnieces.
Coat of Arms of Bishop Campbell
The greater portion of Bishop Campbell’s coat of arms is derived from the arms of Saint Edward the Confessor, the bishop’s second baptismal patron, with the “difference” that the original “cross fleuretty” is replaced with a “cross bottony” quartered in gold and silver, taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The upper third of the design, called the chief, is red and displays on the observer’s left a lion rampant combatant, and on the observer’s right a tower, both in gold.
The lion is from the arms of His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, who guided Bishop Campbell through his discernment of his call to the holy priesthood, and signifies as well the arms of James Cardinal Hickey, who accepted Bishop Campbell into ministerial formation to the Permanent Diaconate, and of Pope Saint John XXIII, for whom the seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, where Bishop Campbell received his formation, is named.
The tower is from the arms of His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, who ordained Bishop Campbell as a priest and as a bishop.
In the center of the chief, on a green field, is a modern abstract sculpture of the Holy Family in gold, to show that all of God’s people are called to be integral members of the holy life of a family, of the family of the Church, and of the family of mankind.
Bishop Campbell’s motto is, “Do whatever he tells you,” the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statement to the helpers at the wedding feast at Cana, which is a powerful direction to all Christians that Jesus, as the Christ, guides our lives by all that He teaches and all that is maintained by His Holy Church.
The achievement is completed with the external ornaments of a coat of arms of a bishop: a gold processional cross that extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green.
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Bishop Michael William Fisher
Bishop Michael William Fisher was born on March 3, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the eldest of five children, two sisters and two brothers. As a youth, he played Little League baseball, and wrestled, and was active in the Boy Scouts where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bishop Fisher recalls always working, starting as an eight-year-old paperboy for The Baltimore Sun. Bishop Fisher attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute high school, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting at the University of Maryland in 1984.
With his business and accounting degree, Bishop Fisher worked as a comptroller for a psychiatric practice in Bethesda. Feeling compelled to discern a vocation to the priesthood, he entered seminary at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1986. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal James A. Hickey at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on June 23, 1990.
Upon ordination, Bishop Fisher was assigned to Sacred Heart parish, La Plata. He was appointed pastor at Holy Family parish in Hillcrest Heights in 1995 and then pastor at St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg in 1999. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness, a distinction that comes with the title of “Monsignor,” by Pope John Paul II in 2005. Later that year, then-archbishop Theodore McCarrick appointed him Vicar General for the Apostolates, where he oversaw the archdiocesan ministries for education, ethnic ministries, social justice and service, parish life and youth ministry. In 2006 Cardinal Donald Wuerl appointed him Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership, a position he has held for the last twelve years. In this role, Bishop Fisher oversees the recruitment, formation and care of the clergy for the archdiocese.
He was named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope Francis on June 8, 2018 and ordained to the episcopate on June 29, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Over his nearly thirty years in priestly ministry Bishop Fisher has served on various boards and committees of the archdiocese, including, College of Consultors, Priest Council, Administrative Board, Priest Retirement Board, Clergy Personnel Board, Deacon Review Board, Deacon Council, Needy Parish Committee, Forward in Faith Committee. He also serves as an Ecclesiastical Counselor to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation. Much of Bishop Fisher’s ministry has involved the continuing education of priests, particularly in aiding new pastors in their roles and the planning and implementation of ongoing clergy training via convocations and retreats.
Bishop Fisher attributes much of his call to the priesthood to the love and sacrifices of his parents and family, the constant prayers of a grandmother, the encouragement and example of wonderful priests, and a life-long desire to serve and leave this world a better place. Bishop Fisher’s family has roots across Maryland and Washington D.C.: his father was a Baltimorean and his mother was a Washingtonian, and extended family reside throughout the region.
In his spare time Bishop Fisher loves to read and study history, especially American and Church history. He enjoys camping and hiking in the mountains and touring historical sites. He once attempted to plant an orchard on a few acres of land in the North Mountains of West Virginia. Bishop Fisher is a life-long Baltimore Orioles fan, but he will root for the Washington Nationals …when they don’t play the O’s!
Coat of Arms of Bishop Fisher
The colors, gold (or) and red (gules) are from the arms of His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, Bishop Fisher’s principal consecrator, and under whom he will serve as auxiliary bishop. The colors are used also in the arms of James Cardinal Hickey and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, under whom the Bishop served as a priest. They are also associated with some Fisher coats of arms.
The line embattled that separates the two fields is taken from the tower embattled in the coat of arms of Cardinal Wuerl.
The cross bottony, found in the arms and flag of Maryland as the Calvert Cross, alludes to the Bishop’s Maryland heritage. The crosses here are red, to refer to the red cross on the tower in the arms of Cardinal Wuerl. The three crosses are a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
The lion of Saint Mark is a tribute to Bishop Fisher’s patron saint. It refers also to the lion in the arms of Cardinal Hickey, who ordained him to the diaconate and priesthood.
The motto is based on Psalm 25: 10, “His ways are faithfulness and love.”
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Retired Auxiliary Bishop
Bishop Francisco González, S.F.
Bishop Francisco González, S.F. was born on May 22, 1939 in Arcos de Jalon (Soria), Spain. One of five children, he entered the Seminario
Misional de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in 1951. He took his final vows in the Congregation of the Sons of the Holy Family in 1960.
He studied theology and received an M.A. in comparative international education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1967. On May 1, 1964, he was ordained a priest for the Sons of the Holy Family by The Most Reverend John J. Russell in Richmond, VA.
A priest for almost fifty years, Bishop González has served as a teacher and chaplain in high schools and has held a number of parish assignments in the Archdiocese of Washington, New Mexico and Colorado. His religious community elected him on three occasions as a delegate to their General Chapters. He has also served as rector of Holy Family Seminary in Silver Spring, MD and was Vice Provincial Superior for the Sons of the Holy Family in the United States until December 28, 2001 when he was named a bishop by Pope John Paul II, the first member of the Sons of the Holy Family to receive such appointment. He was ordained as a bishop in Washington, DC on February 11, 2002.
Bishop González has served as the spiritual advisor to the Hispanic Charismatic Prayer Groups and the Cursillo Movement in the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1987-1989, he was the national chaplain for Cursillo. In 1992, he was named Coordinator of the Hispanic Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Washington. He also has served as Interim Secretary for Parish Life and Worship. Since 1997, when Cardinal James A. Hickey, then-Archbishop of Washington, appointed him Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Catholics, Bishop González has served as the primary liaison between the Archbishop of Washington and the region’s large Hispanic community. He was honored with The James Cardinal Hickey Award by the Spanish Catholic Center in 2012 for his dedication and service to the Washington area community. He has chaired the Immigration Task Force for the Maryland Catholic Conference.
Bishop González is an internationally recognized speaker, leading retreats in the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico and Colombia. He has been interviewed by local and national media outlets, and since 1993, has written a weekly award-winning column for El Pregonero newspaper.
Bishop González has a brother and sister who are in religious life in Spain.