Bp. Trautman retires, successor appointed to Diocese of Erie

WDTPRS’s worthy opponent, the Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie has now officially stepped aside as the shepherd of that portion of the People of God.

I extend to His Excellency Bishop Trautman prayerful best wishes for an ineffable retirement.

From the site of the Diocese of Erie:

Pope names Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico, JCL, Tenth Bishop of Erie

July 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI today named the Rev. Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico as the tenth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. He will succeed Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., and will be ordained and installed as bishop during a Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 2 pm.

Bishop Trautman will introduce Bishop-elect Persico at a news conference today at 10:30 am at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Boulevard, Erie.

In the announcement at noon, Roman time, today, Pope Benedict XVI also accepted Bishop Trautman’s resignation, which was submitted following church protocol on his 75th birthday, June 24, 2011. Bishop Trautman will continue to lead the mission and ministries of the diocese as Bishop Emeritus until Bishop-elect Persico’s installation.

Born Nov. 21, 1950 in Monessen, Pa., Bishop-elect Persico was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Greensburg on April 30, 1977. Until the announcement, he was serving as vicar general, moderator of the curia, defender of the bond and advocate of the diocesan Tribunal and acting chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg as well as pastor of St. James Parish.

For Bishop-elect Persico’s complete biography, downloadable photographs and more information on today’s announcement, please return to www.ErieRCD.org as well as the facebook page of the Diocese of Erie frequently over the next days and weeks.

We poked a little fun at His Excellency over the years.  Here was one of the old contributions of the great Vincenzo at the time when Bp. Trautman was fighting his war against certain aspects of the new, corrected ICEL translation.

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  1. wmeyer says:

    Hmmm… “ineffable retirement” sounds on par with “may you live in interesting times.”


  2. acardnal says:

    The new and more faithful translation of the Missal survived despite Bp. Trautman’s efforts to dumb-down the language

    “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” He didn’t want that phrase removed. It was.

    “ineffable” and “consubstantial”; he didn’t want them added. They were.

  3. HeatherPA says:

    Please pray for our new Bishop. This is such a prayed for event- we have been waiting for a loooong time for a new Bishop.

  4. TMKent says:

    Prayers are much needed for the people of the Erie Diocese. As a former member, I can tell you that flock has suffered since long before B. Trautman. The new bishop seems to be a bit of a non-entity – I can find very little information about him, but I hope and pray he has the courage to clean house.

  5. TMKent says:

    Found something regarding healthcare – and it s a good sign that he may have some courage!

    It seems that Msgr. Persico, as vicar general of the Greensburg diocese, wrote a letter to priests in the diocese, stating that no diocesan office, The Catholic Accent (the diocesan newspaper), nor any parish “would promote a vocation awareness program of any religious community that has taken a stance against the United States bishops by being a signatory of the Network document.”


  6. wmeyer says:

    TMKent, I would say it is less that the new Bishop is a nonentity than that Google has not noticed his appointment. Look here.

  7. robtbrown says:

    TMKent says:

    The new bishop seems to be a bit of a non-entity


  8. TMKent says:

    Sorry folks, I didn’t mean to imply there was nothing out there on Msgr. Persico. His bio abounds and hits are growing exponentially as the word gets out. I was just commenting that he has a very small on-line “footprint” for someone operating at his level in the Church in this day and age. He has stayed off the radar rather well.

  9. Father, your link to the Vincenzo image is not working.

    [Try THIS.]

  10. TNCath says:

    May his ineffable retirement be consubstantial with the blessings he receives from the Holy Spirit, which will descend upon him like the dewfall!

  11. acardnal says:

    TNCath, touche.

  12. irishgirl says:

    Now if we can only find out who the new Bishop is going to be in Rochester. NY….
    TNCath, double touche! Good one!

  13. lethargic says:

    In solidarity with the good people of Erie, I pray their new bishop will console and nourish them consubstantially with his teaching and leading them in Christ’s Church. May God bless Bishop Trautman with ineffably sweet understanding.

  14. Is this the biological solution at work, dear Father? Perhaps we have a case of the inevitable flow of time removing the Bishops who cannot handle the ineffable teaching that Christ is consubstantial with His Father and consubstantial with us? Bishops who delight in banality and find their greatest fulfillment in the most lackluster, dull, and dumb language, hymns, and meanings at Mass?

  15. Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis awaits patiently its new Archbishop…when, Lord?!

  16. acardnal says:

    Today’s press conference video of Bp. Trautman and Msgr. Persico here:


  17. An ineffable retirement to His Excellency.

  18. Semper Idem says:

    I live in the Diocese of Greensburg. Msgr. Persico, while I have never met him, seems like the run of the mill type of canon-lawyer appointments that have been popping up over the last few years. Bishop Brandt, however, is vehemently against the Latin Mass. We’ll see how that goes once Msgr. Persico goes to Erie. In fact, Bishop Brandt was in Erie before he was bishop of Greensburg, and +Bartchak was also in Erie before he was bishop of Altoona-Johnstown.

  19. Adam Welp says:

    @LiteratureAddict, I was thinking the same thing!

    I do hope our dear Emeritus Archbishop is resting and recouperating well on The Hill.

  20. Daria says:

    This is hopeful, from Bishop elect Persico’s statement:
    “This is also a time when Pope Benedict XVI is calling for a New Evangelization. This is why I have chosen as my motto for my ministry here in Erie, Veritas in Caritate, — Truth in Charity — as found in Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 4:14-15, and also expressed in Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate of June 29, 2009.”

  21. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Daria’s posting makes me wonder (whimsically) if there is a question on a “bishop-preparatory” questionaire: “What would you choose as your episcopal motto, and why?”

    Possible indications of someone unfit for the episcopacy: ” Ordinatio feminarum”
    ” Retro me, Simon Joannae”
    ” Rerum novarum”

    On the other hand …..

    But seriously, prayers for the new bishop and his new flock.

  22. abdiesus says:

    While it’s probably technically too late for this, since I just saw it today I can’t help forwarding, “for old-time’s sake” if nothing else, this “ineffable sighting”, from a NYT theater review of Shakespeare & Company production of The Tempest published this last Monday (07/30/12):

    After discussing previous actresses who have taken the role of Prospero usually played by a man, the reviewer says: “But surely no one else has provided the ineffably maternal mixture of fire, ice, earth and just a dash of sea salt with which the 81-year-old Ms. Dukakis endows the part.”

    May His Excellency’s retirement be ineffably serene!

    Pax Christi,
    Jeff H.

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