WASHINGTON (September 2, 2002) –- Pope John Paul II has appointed Fall River Bishop, Sean P. O'Malley, OFMCap, as Bishop of Palm Beach.
Bishop O'Malley, 58, succeeds Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell, who resigned last March.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Sean O'Malley was born June 29, 1944, in Lakewood, Ohio. He attended St. Fidelis Seminary, Butler, Pennsylvania, and Capuchin College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He holds an advanced degree in religious education, and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German.
He was professed as a member of the St. Augustine province of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, July 14, 1968, and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.
Bishop O'Malley was Director of the Apostolate for the Spanish Speaking in the Archdiocese of Washington when he was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in 1984. He became Bishop of St. Thomas on October 16, 1985.
Bishop O'Malley was appointed Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 16, 1992.
The diocese of Palm Beach, established in 1984, comprises the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee and St. Lucie in the State of Florida. It has a Catholic population of approximately 246,000 in a total population of about 1,600,000.