How truly happy our family is for Fr. Liam Cary, whom Pope Benedict XVI named today Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. Bishop-elect Cary, of course, replaces the revered Bishop Robert Vasa, who took over as Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, in 2011. And, in case your wondering dear Bakerites what to expect from your new Bishop, there’s 3 points that come to mind from personal experience:
2. Great confessor and healer of hearts.
3. Well, here’s a video clue– ’Humanae Vitae: 40 Years Later…’
(NOTE: As I recall, our family attended this Mass, and there was muted grumbling coming from a woman in front of us. Which, for us, only proved the point of the homily itself.) Give a listen…
March 8, 2012
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named 64-year-old Father Liam Stephen Cary, pastor of St. Mary Church in Eugene, Oregon, as bishop of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 8, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Cary succeeds Bishop Robert Vasa, who was named co-adjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California, in January 2011, and became Bishop of Santa Rosa the following June. Bishop William Skylstad, retired bishop of Spokane, Washington, has been apostolic administrator of the Baker Diocese since Bishop Vasa was named to Santa Rosa.
Liam Stephen Cary was born August 21, 1947, in Prineville, Oregon. He studied for the priesthood at North American College, Rome, and earned a bachelor’s degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon in 1992.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Salem, Oregon, 1992-1995; archdiocesan vocation director, 1995-1999; pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, 1999-2011; and pastor, St. Mary Church, Eugene, Oregon, 2011-present.
The Baker Diocese includes almost 67,000 square miles in Oregon and has a population of 526,760 people, of whom 34,375, or seven percent, are Catholic.