Next month's Fire at the Beach conference in Myrtle Beach will now, I suspect, also be a venue to bid the twelfth Bishop of Charleston farewell.
Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert J. Baker as the bishop of Birmingham, Ala. He succeeds Bishop David E. Foley, who retired on May 10, 2005.
The appointment was announced in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 14, 2007, by Msgr. Martin Krebs, charge d’affaires of the Vatican nunciature.
Bishop Baker will remain administrator of the Diocese of Charleston until he is installed as Bishop of Birmingham in the Cathedral of St. Paul at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2007.
For Bishop Baker’s farewell statement to the faithful of South Carolina, please visit the Diocese of Charleston’s Web site at www.catholic-doc.org and see The Catholic Miscellany this week.