PORTLAND (AP) — The Most Rev. Robert Deeley, auxiliary bishop of Boston, was named by Pope Francis to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, the Vatican announced on today.

Deeley, 67, will be introduced at a morning news conference by Bishop Richard Malone, the current apostolic administrator of the diocese.

Deeley was ordained as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston in January. Prior to that he served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in the archdiocese, a post he held since September 2011.

Deeley’s installation has been scheduled for Feb. 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

A Massachusetts native, Deeley was born in Cambridge and raised in Belmont, one of five sons of Irish immigrants.

The Portland diocese covers the state of Maine, including nearly 188,000 Catholics. Deeley will be the 12th bishop of the diocese.



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