|Ritter named administrator for Diocese of Toledo|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 20 December 2013 10:45|
According to canon law, the College of Consultors is required to elect the administrator within eight days of the vacancy of the see - the day on which Archbishop Blair was installed in Hartford. Ritter will begin serving as administrator immediately.
According to Rev. Monte Hoyles, chancellor for the diocese, "the role of the administrator is to essentially maintain the operations of the diocese - to keep the status quo - and provide for the needs of the faithful until the next bishop is named by the Holy Father."
Ritter, 71, currently serves as associate pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Sylvania. He has previously served as pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Bryan, and Saint Mary Parish, Leipsic; he also has served as an associate pastor at various parishes throughout the Diocese of Toledo. In addition to his parochial assignments, Ritter has also served as director of the diocesan social justice office. He was ordained in 1967.
In addition to electing the administrator when a diocese is sede vacante, that is, without a bishop, the diocesan College of Consultors advises the bishop.
The diocese's College of Consultors is comprised of eight diocesan priests, including Ritter and Rev.Herbert F. Weber, pastor of Blessed John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg.
Others in that group include Rev. Michael O. Brown, pastor of St. Clement Parish, Toledo; Monsignor William Kubacki, diocesan Moderator of the Curia; Rev. David M. Ross, Pastor of two parishes in Lima; Monsignor Christopher P. Vasko, Judicial Vicar for the diocesan tribunal and Pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Historic Parishes in Toledo; Rev. Dennis Walsh, Pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, Toledo; and Rev, Michael J. Zacharias, Pastor of St. Ann and St. Joseph Parishes in Fremont.
|Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 15:55|
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