Bishop Vann Appointed to Diocese of Orange
Friday, September 21, 2012
Posted by: Colleen Crawford
Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, 61,
to be bishop of Orange, California, The appointment was made public in
Washington, DC September 21, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio
to the United States.
Kevin Vann was born May 10, 1951, in Springfield, Illinois and was ordained
a priest for the diocese of Springfield in 1981. He earned a doctorate in canon
law in 1985 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome.
In the Springfield Diocese he served as associate pastor, pastor, and on the
staff of the diocesan tribunal. In 2005, he was named coadjutor bishop of Fort
Worth, Texas, to succeed Bishop Joseph Delaney, who died one day before
Bishop-designate Vann was ordained bishop.
Bishop Vann has been an active member of the Canon Law Society of America
since 1985. He served as a consultor on the Board of Governors from 1992-1994,
a frequent contributor to Roman Replies & CLSA Advisory Opinions and
editor of Roman Replies & CLSA Advisory Opinions from 1991-1997.
Members of the Canon Law Society of America offer our prayers and sincere
congratulations to Bishop Vann on his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of