WASHINGTON (April 10, 2000) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Daniel F. Walsh of Las Vegas as Bishop of the diocese of Santa Rosa in California.
Bishop Walsh succeeds Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann who resigned last July.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Daniel Francis Walsh was born in San Francisco, October 2, 1937. He attended St. Joseph's Seminary, Mountain View, and St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park and was ordained March 30, 1963. In 1970, he was named assistant chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and chancellor and secretary to the bishop in 1977. He was named auxiliary bishop of San Francisco in 1981 and Bishop of Reno-Las Vegas in 1987.
In March 1995, Pope John Paul II erected two new dioceses: the Diocese of Las Vegas and the Diocese of Reno. Bishop Walsh was named to head the Diocese of Las Vegas.
Established in 1962, the Diocese of Santa Rosa comprises 11,711 square miles and six counties in the State of California: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma. It has a Catholic population of 141,792 in a total population of 745,138.