Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Boston, to be the 12th Bishop of Portland, Maine.
I am happy for him. At least he is leaving the mess Cardinal Sean is making behind and he can take charge of the one diocese State of Maine and the Catholics up there.
In recent history, Boston's auxiliary bishops are pretty much the "farm club" for other dioceses in the United States. Once a diocese becomes sede vacante, generally the auxiliaries from Boston, New York, and Chicago are looked at.
However, auxiliary bishops do not have any power in the governance of a diocese except when the ordinary is absent, or the ordinary delegates he auxiliary to confirm or ordain. They are just extras.
In Boston's case, the Archdiocese has too may auxiliary bishops and they just sit around doing nothing. But Bishop Deeley was just consecrated last January 4th, so he must have done something right to earn this promotion.
Congratulations Your Excellency and good luck in your new ministry!
(For more news info visit the Portland Diocesan website.)