Episcopal appointments – 

Bishop Joseph M. Siegel. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Joliet


Pope Francis has named Joliet, Illinois Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Siegel as Bishop of Evansville, Indiana. He succeeds Archbishop Charles Thompson who was appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis in June.

Bishop Siegel, 54, a native of Lockport Township, IL was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Joliet in 1988. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary where he completed his college education.  He was then sent to the North American College in Rome (1984-1988), attending the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities. In 1988 he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL

He served a wide variety pastoral and administrative assignments including member and chairman of the Presbyteral Council and the Diocesan Board of Consultors. He also served as director of Continuing Formation for Priests, a member of the Diocesan Vocation Board, the Priest Personnel Board and Dean of Eastern Will County.

In 2009 Pope Benedict named Fr. Siegel auxiliary bishop of Joliet.

He serves on the Bishops’ Respect Life Advisory Board, as is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.

His installation is scheduled for Dec. 15.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency report, click here.

For The Herald – Dubois County – (Oct. 18, 2013) report, click here.

Bishop-elect Enrique Delgado. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Miami


On Oct. 12, Pope Francis named Father Enrique Delgado as auxiliary bishop of Miami.

Bishop-elect Delgado, 62, a native of Lima, Peru was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1996.

He earned a master’s degree in economics with a concentration in finance and accounting from the University of Lima in Peru. He worked for several years managing a company before immigrating to the United States. In addition, he finished his doctoral studies in practical theology on December 19, 2015 from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Bishop-elect Delgado served in a variety of pastoral assignments including pastor of   St. Katharine Drexel Church, Weston, Florida, 2014-present.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Orange


On Oct. 6, Pope Francis named Father Thanh Thai Nguyen as auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, California. Father Nguyen is a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine where he currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bishop-elect Nguyen, 64, is a native of Nha Trang, Vietnam. In 1979, he escaped Vietnam by boat with his family and spent 10 months in a refugee camp in the Philippines before arriving in the United States in 1980.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts and a master of divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Father Nguyen entered the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in 1984 and served as a priest of that congregation for eight years. He was ordained a priest on May 11, 1991. He was incardinated in the Diocese of St. Augustine, June 29, 1999.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Diocese of Orange report, click here.