Cardinal McCarrick on Appointment of Bishop-Elect Bransfield

Bishop-elect served as rector of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for many years

December 09, 2004

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, today congratulated Bishop-elect Michael Bransfield on his appointment by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston:

“The appointment of Bishop Michael Bransfield to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is certainly a tribute to his extraordinary service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception over a quarter century. He has not only been a brilliant administrator, but has brought a dedicated pastoral sense to this national center of pilgrimages and has truly enhanced the liturgical life of the Shrine.

“Of course, I will miss him personally since he has been a valued collaborator and a good friend. I am sure that the Church in West Virginia, so ably shepherded by Bishop Schmitt, will continue to grow in faith and apostolic service with Bishop Bransfield as its guide. I look forward to his episcopal ordination and to his years as shepherd of that important diocese.”

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