WASHINGTON (November 13, 2004) —
Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey, CP, of Orlando, Florida. The Coadjutor Bishop, Thomas G. Wenski, now becomes head of the diocese.
Thomas G. Wenski was born October 18, 1950, in West Palm Beach. He attended St. Vincent de Paul's Seminary in Boynton Beach and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami, May 15, 1976.
Bishop Wenski earned an M.A. in Sociology at Fordham University, New York.
Following ordination, he was parochial vicar in Corpus Christi parish, from 1976 to 1979, and served at St. Mary's Cathedral in Miami from 1980 to 1984. In 1984 he was named Director of the Haitian Apostolate, and in 1996 was appointed Director of Catholic Charities and Community Services. He was also a member of the Presbyteral Council.
Bishop Wenski was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Miami and Titular Bishop of Kearney on June 24, 1997. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Orlando on July 1, 2003.
He is Chairman of the Migration Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Norbert Dorsey was born December 14. 1929, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Passionist seminaries and was ordained April 28, 1956. Appointed Titular Bishop of Mactaris and Auxiliary Bishop of Miami on January 10, 1986, he was named Bishop of Orlando, March 10, 1990.