Boston Auxiliary Named to Lead Diocese of Portland, Maine

Bishop Robert Deeley, 67

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Pope Francis has named Boston Auxiliary Bishop Robert Deeley, 67, as bishop of Portland, Maine. He succeeds Bishop Richard J. Malone, who became bishop of Buffalo, May 29, 2012.

RobertDeeley was born June 18, 1946, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After studies for the priesthood he was ordained for the Boston Archdiocese on July 14, 1973. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Boston in 2012.

Bishop Deeley holds a bachelor of arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian.

The Portland Diocese comprises the state of Maine. In includes 1,328,361 people, with 187,912 of them, or 14%, Catholic.