Bishop Harrington retires; Coadjutor Bishop Quinn succeeds him
Published: May 7, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Bernard J. Harrington as bishop of Winona, Minn., and Coadjutor Bishop John M. Quinn automatically succeeded him. The change was announced May 7 in Washington by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The resignation of Bishop Harrington, 75, came a month shy of the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 6, 1959. Bishop Quinn, 63, and also a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese, was named coadjutor in Winona last October. Bishop Quinn was ordained an auxiliary bishop for Detroit in 2003. He was the director of the archdiocesan Education Department from 1990 until his episcopal appointment. Bishop Harrington, who submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict when he turned 75 last September, planned to reside in Rochester, Minn., in retirement and to continue his ministry with those in the Rochester medical facilities and with the Hispanic populations in southern Minnesota. He undertook an extensive Spanish-language course in Mexico two years ago in order to better serve the Hispanic residents of the area.
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