Posted May 20, 2004
A Portrait of African American Bishops in the United States
Bishop-designate Martin D. Holley, Washington, DC.
Of the other nine active African American bishops, six are heads of dioceses. They are:
-- Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, 56, who was named an auxiliary of Chicago in 1983 and has been bishop of Belleville, Ill., since 1994. Since 2001 he has also been president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is the first black bishop to hold that position.
-- Bishop J. Terry Steib, 64, who was named an auxiliary of St. Louis in 1983 and has been bishop of Memphis since 1993.
-- Bishop John H. Ricard, 64, who was named an auxiliary of Baltimore in 1984 and has been bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., since 1997.
-- Bishop George V. Murry, 55, who was named an auxiliary of Chicago in 1995. Appointed coadjutor of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in 1998, he succeeded as bishop there in 1999.
-- Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, 60, who was named an auxiliary of Galveston-Houston in 1987 and has been bishop of Beaumont, Texas, since 2000.
-- Bishop Edward K. Braxton, 59, who was made an auxiliary of St. Louis in 1995 and has been bishop of Lake Charles, La., since 2001.
There are three active black bishops who are auxiliaries:
-- Bishop Dominic Carmon, 73, auxiliary of New Orleans since 1993.
-- Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, 57, auxiliary of Baltimore since 1998.
-- Bishop Joseph N. Perry, 56, auxiliary of Chicago since 1998.
In addition to Bishop Olivier, there are three other retired black bishops in the country:
-- Bishop Elliott G. Thomas of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 77, who was made a bishop in 1993 and retired in 1999.
-- Bishop Joseph L. Howze of Biloxi, Miss., 80, who was made a bishop in 1972 and then retired in 2001.
-- Bishop Moses B. Anderson, 75, a Detroit auxiliary who was made a bishop in 1982 and retired last fall.