WASHINGTON (July 20, 1998) -- Pope John Paul II has named Auxiliary Bishop John B. McCormack of Boston as Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Bishop McCormack succeeds Most Reverend Leo E. O'Neil who died November 30, 1997.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
John Brendan McCormack was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, August 12, 1935. He attended Boston Latin School, St. John's Seminary College, and St. John's School of Theology. He was ordained a priest on February 2, 1960.
Bishop McCormack was assistant, St. James Church, Salem, from 1960 to 1967, Director of Catholic Charities, 1967 to 1981, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Malden, 1981 to 1985, and Secretary for Ministerial Personnel from 1985 to 1994.
He was serving as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Weymouth, when he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Cerbali, November 21, 1995.
The Manchester diocese comprises the State of New Hampshire. It has a Catholic population of about 327,000 in a total population of 1,160,000.