USCCB News Release
February 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Phoenix Priest as Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Father James S. Wall, 44, Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Phoenix, as Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico.
The appointment was announced in Washington, February 5, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Wall succeeds Bishop Donald E. Pelotte, SSS, who resigned as head of the Gallup Diocese last April.
James Wall, son of Joan L. Wall and the late James A. Wall, was born in Ganado, Arizona, October 11, 1964. The couple and their children together converted to the Catholic faith.
Bishop-elect Wall graduated from Chandler High School and Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1993. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree in theology from St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, California, in 1998.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Phoenix Diocese on June 6, 1998.
Assignments after ordination included Parochial Vicar, St. Theresa Parish, Phoenix, 1998-2001; Parochial Vicar, St. Timothy Parish, Mesa, Arizona, 2001-2002; Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Phoenix, 2002-2007; Administrator pro tempore, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Glendale, Arizona, 2007; Vicar for Priest Personnel, 2007-2009; and Director, Mount Claret Retreat Center, Phoenix, 2008-2009.
The Gallup Diocese includes 55,468 square miles and a population of 491,400 people, with 58,292 or 12 per cent, of them Catholic.