WASHINGTON (May 22, 2003) -— Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop William H. Bullock of Madison, Wisconsin, and appointed Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Helena, Montana as his successor.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Robert Charles Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton.
He earned a BA in Philosophy at Fordham University in 1969, an MA in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 1970, and an MA in Theology at Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a Doctorate in Moral Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1990.
Ordained June 11, 1974 for the Society of Jesus, Maryland Province, Bishop Morlino was incardinated into the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on October 26, 1983.
He was Episcopal Vicar for Spiritual Development in the Diocese of Kalamazoo from 1981 to 1983 when he was named Moderator of the Curia. He was appointed professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit in 1990 and was named Rector of St. Augustine Cathedral in 1991.
Bishop Morlino was serving in those assignments when he was named Bishop of Helena, July 6, 1999.
William Henry Bullock was born April 13, 1927, in Maple Lake, Minnesota. He studied at the University of Notre Dame, St. Thomas University, and St. Paul's Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 7, 1952.
Named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis June 3, 1980, Bishop Bullock was named Bishop of Des Moines February 10, 1987. He was appointed Bishop of Madison on April 13, 1993.
The Diocese of Madison, created in 1946 from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of La Crosse, comprises 11 counties in south central Wisconsin. It has a Catholic population of 265,000 in a total population of approximately 918,000.