WASHINGTON (May 12, 2005)--Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan and appointed two auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the papal actions.
Joseph Martin Sullivan was born in Brooklyn, March 23, 1930. He studied at Manhattan College and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1956. He was named titular bishop of Suliana and auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn in 1980. He served as the executive director of the diocese's Catholic Charities, and he has a master's degree in social work from Fordham University and a master's in public administration from New York University.
The two Seattle auxiliaries are Missionaries of the Holy Spirit Father Eusebio Elizondo, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, Bothell, Washington, named titular bishop of Acolla, and Father Joseph J. Tyson, Pastor of Saint Edward, St. George, and St. Paul Parishes in Seattle, named titular bishop of Migirpa.
Father Elizondo was born on August 8, 1954 at Victoria, Tamaulipas in Mexico. He attended Catholic elementary school and entered the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit at Jalisco for higher studies. He completed his studies in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, attaining a degree in canon law. After making his religious profession in 1974, he was ordained priest on August 8, 1984. In July 1998, he assumed pastoral ministry in the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oxnard, California, and in July 2000 he became Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, at Mill Creek, Bothell, in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Father Tyson was born on October 16, 1957, at Moses Lake, Washington. He attended Catholic elementary and high schools. He also attended Shoreline Community College in Seattle and the University of Washington, where he obtained a bachelor in Communications and Journalism and a master in International Studies. He completed his priestly formation at the Theological College, Washington, D.C., and was ordained priest for the archdiocese on June 10, 1989.
Following ordination he served in pastoral ministry in a rural parish. In 1996, he was named pastor of St. Edward Parish and the following year accepted responsibility of two parishes in Seattle, St. George and St. Paul.