WASHINGTON (June 25, 1997) -- Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe of Jefferson City, Missouri, and named Monsignor John R. Gaydos, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as his successor.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
John Gaydos was born August 14, 1943, in St. Louis.
He studied at Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, the North American College, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was ordained on December 20, 1968.
Bishop-designate Gaydos was parochial vicar of St. Joseph parish, Manchester, 1969-1974; pastor of St. Cecilia, St. Louis, 1974-1977; Secretary to Cardinal John Carberry and Vice Chancellor, 1977-1981; Secretary to Archbishop John May, and Chancellor, 1981-1990; and pastor of St. Gerard Majella parish, Kirkwood, 1990-1996.
He was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Vicar for Clergy in 1996.
Bishop Michael McAuliffe was born November 22, 1920 in Kansas City, MO. He studied at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and the Catholic University of America and was ordained a priest of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese on May 31, 1945. He was ordained Bishop of Jefferson City on August 18, 1969.
The Diocese of Jefferson City, established in 1956, comprises 38 counties and 22,127 square miles of the State of Missouri. It has a Catholic population of 84,000 in a total population of over 752,000.