WASHINGTON (August 11, 2004) - Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Nashville as Bishop of Buffalo.
Bishop Kmiec succeeds Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell who was appointed Archbishop of Hartford last October.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Edward Kmiec was born in Trenton, June 4, 1936. He studied at St. Mary's, Baltimore, the Gregorian University in Rome, and the North American College, and was ordained a priest of the Trenton diocese, December 20, 1961.
Bishop Kmiec was named Titular Bishop of Simidicca and Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton, August 27, 1982. He was appointed Bishop of Nashville on October 13, 1992 and installed December 3, 1992.
Established in 1847, the Diocese of Buffalo comprises the counties of Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Chautauqua, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, and Allegany in the State of New York. It has a Catholic population of approximately 708,000 in a total population of about 1.5 million.