Birmingham bishop retires; resignation accepted prior to pope's death
Published: April 7, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The resignation of Bishop David E. Foley of Birmingham, Ala., was accepted by Pope John Paul II prior to his death April 2 and announced in Washington April 7 through a message from Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States, who was in Rome. Bishop Foley submitted his resignation in February when he reached 75, the mandatory retirement age of bishops. He had headed the Birmingham Diocese for nearly 11 years; he was installed May 13, 1994. The bishop was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Worcester, Mass., but he moved to Washington with his family when he was 4. His father was a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general from 1934 to 1962. After studies at St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Father Foley was ordained a priest of the Washington Archdiocese May 26, 1956.
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