Dallas gets a new auxiliary bishop, Greg Kelly December 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, huh?, North Deanery, Papa, priests.
The appointment of Fr. Greg Kelly, formerly vicar for clergy in the Diocese for many years, to auxiliary bishop was announced yesterday. He is, in essence, replacing former auxiliary Mark Seitz, who departed to El Paso a little over a year ago:
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell announced Wednesday that Monsignor Greg Kelly will serve as the Diocese of Dallas’ new auxiliary bishop. The news followed the official announcement of the appointment by Pope Francis earlier in Rome.
Kelly will be Dallas’ second auxiliary bishop, joining with Bishop Doug Deshotel in assisting Farrell with leading the diocese’s nearly 1.3 million Catholics.
“Christmas came early to the Diocese of Dallas,” Farrell said at a press conference. “I could not think of a better person. He is one of the most hardworking priests.”
“I’m very grateful to the pope for this appointment,” Kelly said. “I’m looking forward to looking with [Farrell] in this capacity.”
Kelly has served in the diocese for over 34 years. Trained at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, he was the chaplain at the University of Dallas for 10 years before serving as pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney. He has acted as the vicar for clergy for the diocese since 2008.
Upon learning of his appointment, Kelly said he was glad to stay in the diocese.
“I thought, ‘Great. I don’t have to go anywhere,’” he joked…….. [Whew. What a doozy. My side hurts]
………In his new position, Kelly expects to continue his work with the diocese’s clergy in addition to other roles.
Kelly will be ordained as bishop Feb. 11 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Someone has already asked about Bishop-elect Kelly. He was pastor at St. Gabriel in McKinney for a while, but departed in 2008 under what I understand was a bit of a cloud. Or that was the scuttlebutt, anyway, could just have been rumor. He’s been at the chancery ever since. Maybe some longtime McKinneyites can inform us.
I’ve only ever had one interaction with him, he served as go-between when the former Novus Ordo Latin Mass in Plano was undergoing one of its many struggles. I think he faithfully reported my concerns, not that they had any impact. He seems a likable enough guy. He’s a product of Holy Trinity Seminary in the 70s, so I wouldn’t expect a traditional firebrand.
Other than that, you got me. Love to learn more, feel free to share in the comments.