WASHINGTON (June 28, 2001) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed two new Auxiliary Bishops to assist Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston.
The new Auxiliary Bishops of Boston are Reverend Monsignor Walter J. Edyvean, an official at the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and Reverend Monsignor Richard G. Lennon, Rector of St. John's Seminary, Brighton. Msgr. Edyvean was named Titular Bishop of Elie. Msgr. Lennon was assigned the Titular See of Sufes.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointments.
Walter James Edyvean was born on October 18, 1938, in Medford, Mass. He attended Medford public schools, Boston College, where he earned a degree in English literature, St. John's Seminary, the North American College, and the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned STD and STL degrees. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on December 16, 1964, in St. Peter's Basilica.
Bishop-elect Edyvean was an assistant at St. Joseph parish, Ipswich, from 1965 to 1968, and studied in Rome from 1968 to 1971. He was a faculty member of St. John's Seminary from
1971 to 1990. In 1990 he was named "Capo Ufficio" at the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Richard G. Lennon was born on March 26, 1947 in Arlington, Mass. He attended Arlington Catholic, and St. John's Seminary where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Masters in Divinity in 1973. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1973.
Msgr. Lennon was parochial vicar, St. Mary of the Nativity, Scituate, from 1973 to 1982 and parochial vicar, St. Mary, Quincy, from 1982 to 1988. From 1988 to 1999, he was assistant for canonical affairs at the office of the Vicar for Administration while in residence at St. Mary of the Assumption, Brookline.
Bishop-designate Lennon was named Rector of St. John's Seminary in 1999.