WASHINGTON (May 9, 2005)—Pope Benedict XVI has made his first changes in the hierarchy of the United States.
The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Most Reverend David E. Foley, Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama, for the past 11 years. Bishop Foley submitted his resignation last February upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Pope Benedict appointed Monsignor Denis J. Madden, Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, as Titular Bishop of Baia and Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcements.
Denis James Madden was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, on March 8, 1940.
He was ordained a priest of the Order of St. Benedict, April 1, 1967.
Following assignments with the Order of St. Benedict, Msgr. Madden was assigned to Baltimore in 1973 where he undertook a residency program in psychology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
After completing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Notre Dame, Msgr. Madden decided to leave the Benedictine Order. He was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore on November 4, 1976.
His subsequent positions included professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland, Director of the Consultation Center for Clergy and Religious of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Director of the Violence Management Training Program of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the State of Maryland. During this time he also assisted in St. Martin and St. Gregory the Great parishes, both in Baltimore.
In 1988 Msgr. Madden was appointed Director of the Ecumenical Institute in Tantum, Jerusalem, and in 1994 became Director of the Jerusalem office of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, which is under the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, New York. In 1995 he was named Assistant General Secretary of the CNEWA.
David E. Foley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 3, 1930. He attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington on May 26, 1956. He was named Titular Bishop of Ottaba and Auxiliary Bishop of Richmond, May 3, 1986.
Bishop Foley was appointed Bishop of Birmingham on March 22, 1994 and installed on May 13, 1994.