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Other Pontifical Acts, 23.01.2017

The Holy Father has:

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of Guizeh of the Copts (Egypt), presented by Msgr. Antonio Aziz Mina. The eparchy will be governed by His Beatitude Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, as apostolic administrator sede vacante.

- appointed Msgr. Michael J. Boulette as auxiliary of San Antonio (area 60,036, population 2,556,928, Catholics 753,193, priests 394, permanent deacons 376, religious 991), United States of America. The bishop-elect was born in Hudson Falls, New York, United States of America in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1976. In 1971 he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the St. Mary University and in 1972, a Master’s degree in psychology from the Trinity University in San Antonio. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Ministry from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, in 1993. After ordination he held the following roles: vicar of the St. James Parish in Gonzales (1976-1980) and of the St. Ann Parish in San Antonio (1980-1983); director of spiritual formation and liturgy at the Assumption Seminary in San Antonio (1983-1992); and pastor (1993-2004) and then parish administrator of the Notre Dame Parish in Kerrville (2010-2016). He is currently vicar forane of the Fredricksburg Deanery (since 1994), member of the College of Consulters (since 1997), founder and director of the “St. Peter upon the Water” spiritual centre in Ingram (since 2004) and chairman of the presbyteral council (since 2009). In 2005 he was named Chaplain of His Holiness.