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Dave Olson, Published January 03 2013

Search for new Fargo bishop still ongoing

FARGO – A search to fill the vacancy created when Bishop Samuel Aquila left the Diocese of Fargo to become the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver is continuing.

The Congregation of Bishops is the organization overseeing the process that will conclude when the pope officially selects a new bishop, said the Very Rev. Luke Meyer, chancellor of the Fargo Diocese.

Meyer said bishop vacancies in El Paso, Texas, and Bridgeport, Conn., must be addressed before the Fargo position is filled.

The El Paso position has been vacant since December 2011, while the Bridgeport vacancy opened May 20, 2012, according to Meyer.

Aquila’s position has been vacant since May 29, 2012, when it was announced he would become an archbishop.

Aquila was installed as archbishop in Denver in July.

Meyer said selecting a new bishop can take up to a year, or longer in some cases.

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