Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland


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Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost. / Diocese of Cleveland. Vatican City, Might 9, 2022 / 05:05 am (CNA). The Vatican introduced on Monday that Pope Francis has named Father Michael Woost as an auxiliary bishop of Cleveland.Woost, 63, has served as a professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at the Saint Mary Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio, for greater than 20 years.The Cleveland-born priest is certainly one of three clergymen in his fast household. His two brothers, Father Dave Woost and Father Tom Woost, are also clergymen of the Diocese of Cleveland. Bishop Edward Malesic, who has led the diocese since September 2020, welcomed the announcement of Woost’s appointment on Might 9.“This announcement is great information for the Diocese of Cleveland. I am grateful to the Holy Father Pope Francis for the appointment of Bishop-elect Woost as an auxiliary bishop,” Malesic stated.“He is a extremely respected, capable, and trustworthy man who can be an excellent helpmate with me in shepherding the fantastic individuals of our diocese. I sit up for working intently with bishop-elect Woost and ask our individuals to wish for him as he prepares to be ordained as a bishop of our Church.”Born in Cleveland on Sept. 17, 1958, Woost studied at St. Ignatius Excessive Faculty and Borromeo Seminary earlier than he was ordained to the priesthood in 1984.After his ordination, he obtained a grasp’s degree in theology from Saint Mary Seminary (1986) and a Licentiate in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America (2000). In his almost 40 years as a priest, Woost has served because the co-director of the diocesan vocation workplace and the parochial vicar of the Immaculate Conception parish in Madison. He was lately named the interim director of the Cleveland diocese’s Workplace for Worship. His episcopal ordination will happen at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Aug. four.The Diocese of Cleveland serves almost 700,000 Catholics in 185 parishes in northeast Ohio.