Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico, a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, in western Pennsylvania, as bishop of Erie, Pa., July 31.
Bishop-elect Persico was born in Monessen, Pa., in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1977. Currently he is vicar general for the Greensburg Diocese and pastor of St. James Parish in New Alexandria. He is also vice president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
He was named to the Erie Diocese, which has a Catholic population of 223,668 served by 193 priests, 61 permanent deacons and 317 religious, after the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Donald W. Trautman. He had reached the age limit of 75 last year.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: