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Texas Roman Catholic bishop moves to California

Posted: September 21, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2012 2:30 p.m.

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop from Fort Worth, Texas, will take over the Diocese of Orange in Southern California, the nation's 10th largest diocese, the Vatican announced Friday.

Bishop Kevin Vann, 61, will fill the post held for 14 years by Bishop Tod D. Brown, who was installed as leader of the 1.2-million-person diocese in 1998.

Brown is 75, the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

Vann will be installed in December to lead the nation's fastest-growing Roman Catholic diocese — one that has undergone tremendous demographic shift under Brown's watch — and Brown will remain in his post until the transition. Vann has led the 710,000-person Diocese of Fort Worth since July 2005.

During his time in Orange County, Brown agreed to a $100 million settlement with victims of sex abuse — the largest ever at the time — ordained the nation's first Vietnamese-American bishop and one of the nation's first Hispanic bishops.

He also oversaw the purchase of the famous Crystal Cathedral, which will be the site of the diocese's new Christ Cathedral.

The diocese transformed demographically under Brown's leadership, with a large number of Hispanic, Vietnamese and Korean parishioners.



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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