WASHINGTON (August 19, 1997) -- Pope John Paul II has named Msgr. Daniel N. DiNardo, a pastor in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City.
Bishop-Elect DiNardo, 48, currently is Pastor of Sts. John and Paul Church, Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
A coadjutor bishop is an auxiliary bishop with right of succession. Currently, Bishop Lawrence D. Soens, 70, heads the Sioux City Diocese. Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment, August 19.
Daniel N. DiNardo was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on May 23, 1949. He attended St. Anne Elementary School, Shannon, Pennsylvania, and Bishop's Latin School, Pittsburgh.
Bishop-Elect DiNardo pursued seminary studies at St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh; The Catholic University of America, Washington; and North American College, Rome. He was ordained a priest July 16, 1977. The Pope named him a Prelate of Honor, May 23, 1989.
Bishop-Elect DiNardo holds a master of arts degree from Catholic University, which he attended from 1969 to 1973; a license in theology from Rome's Gregorian University, which he attended 1973 to 1977, and a license in patrology, the study of the Fathers of the Church, from the Augustinianum, in Rome, which he attended from 1980 to 1981.
After his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop-Elect DiNardo served as Associate Pastor, St. Pius X Parish, Pittsburgh (1977-1980); studied at the Augustinianum, and was Assistant Chancellor for the Pittsburgh Diocese (1981-1984).
He was an official at the Vatican Congregation for Bishops from 1984 to 1990. During that time he also served as Director of Villa Stritch, a residence for U.S. priests working at the Vatican, and was a Professor at North American College, Rome.
From 1991 to 1994, he was Secretary for Education for the Pittsburgh Diocese. During that time he also was Moderator of Team Ministry for the Madonna del Castello Parish, Swissvale, Pennsylvania (1991-1993). He was named Pastor of Sts. John and Paul Parish in 1994. Since 1991, he also has been a member of Pittsburgh's Diocesan Theological Commission.
The Diocese of Sioux City includes 24 counties in northwest Iowa. Total population of the area is estimated to be more than 470,000 persons, with more than 20 percent of them, Catholic.