to the Diocese of Arlington, Va.
WASHINGTON (January 25, 1999) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Ogdensburg, NY, as Bishop of Arlington, VA. He succeeds Bishop John R. Keating who died last March 21.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Paul Loverde was born in Framingham, MA, September 3, 1940. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT, St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, NY, and the North American College and the Gregorian University in Rome. Ordained for the Diocese of Norwich on December 18, 1965, he pursued graduate studies at the Catholic University of America where he earned a Licentiate in Canon Law.
The future Bishop Loverde served as Vice Officialis, Bishop's Delegate for Clergy, Chairman of the Presbyterial Council and Diocesan Pastoral Council, and as instructor in Canon Law at Holy Apostle Seminary, Cromwell, CT.
He was serving as Associate Judicial Vicar and a member of the College of Consultors for the diocese of Norwich when he was named Titular Bishop of Ottabia and Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, February 3, 1988.
He was appointed Bishop of Ogdensburg November 11, 1993.
The Diocese of Arlington comprises 21 counties in northern Virginia. It was created out of the diocese of Richmond, which until then encompassed the entire State of Virginia, on August 13, 1974. It has a Catholic population of 326,398 in a total population of 2,115,700.