WASHINGTON (December 11, 2000) -- Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Jude Speyrer as
Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana and appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edward K. Braxton of St. Louis as his successor.
The Holy Father also accepted the resignation of Bishop John J. Snyder of St. Augustine, Florida. No successor was named at this time.
Pope John Paul appointed Monsignor W. Francis Malooly, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as Titular Bishop of Flumenzer and Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcements.
Edward Braxton was born June 28, 1944 in Chicago. He studied at Loyola University, Niles College, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Chicago, and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he earned a doctorate. Ordained a priest of the Chicago archdiocese May 13, 1970, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Macomades Rusticiana and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis on March 28, 1995. He was ordained May 17, 1995.
Jude Speyrer was born April 14, 1929 in Leonville, Louisiana. After studying at St. Joseph Seminary, Notre Dame Seminary, the University of Fribourg and the North American College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, July 25, 1953.
Bishop Speyrer was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created diocese of Lake Charles on January 29, 1980, and was ordained April 25, 1980. The diocese has a Catholic population of 80,880 persons living in five parishes (counties) in the State of Louisiana.
John J. Snyder was born in New York on October 25, 1925. He studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on June 9, 1951. Bishop Snyder was named Titular Bishop of Forlimpopli and Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn on December 13, 1972. He was appointed Bishop of St. Augustine on October 2, 1979 and installed December 5, 1979.
William Francis Malooly was born in Baltimore, January 18, 1944. He studied at St. Charles Minor Seminary and St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1970 by his uncle, Auxiliary Bishop T. Austin Murphy of Baltimore.
Since 1989 he has been Chancellor and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Bishop-designate Malooly is also moderator of the curia and archdiocesan liaison to the Maryland Catholic Conference. He directed preparations for the visit of the Holy Father to Baltimore in 1995.