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                                                                        Dec. 9, 2004


CUA Trustee Appointed Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston


The Holy Father has announced today the appointment of CUA alumnus and trustee, Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Bransfield, as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. His episcopal ordination is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2005, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. 


A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop-elect Bransfield will have completed 25 years of service to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Jan. 18, 2005.  During his tenure there, the Basilica has become a glorious national and international center of pilgrimage and prayer. He has been personally responsible for so many wonderful improvements and the marvelous upkeep of the Shrine. Under his leadership and pastoral care, “Mary’s House,” as it is often called, has become the national treasure of the Church in our country that it was always intended to be.


A 1973 graduate of the master’s degree program in philosophy of The Catholic University of America, Bishop-elect Bransfield has maintained a great love for and devotion to his alma mater, serving on its Board of Regents and, for the last 11 years, as a member of its Board of Trustees.  His expertise in financial matters has been of great assistance to the university. He has also mentored numerous students through their service at the Basilica, and many graduates of CUA who eventually became priests have acknowledged Bishop-elect Bransfield as a significant influence upon their vocation.


In addition to being an incredibly supportive neighbor to the university, Bishop-elect Bransfield has been a very good personal friend. This appointment is a sign of the great confidence the Holy Father has in him and his abilities, demonstrated so often for our benefit here at CUA.  I am so happy for Bishop-elect Bransfield and I offer him our prayers and best wishes as he assumes his new responsibilities.


Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.





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