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BC alumnus named to head Archdiocese for the Military Services


Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, a Cleveland native who is apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic and delegate to Puerto Rico, smiles during a press conference where he was introduced as the new head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services Nov. 19 at archdiocesan headquarters in Washington. The appointment was announced in Washington earlier that morning by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States. CNS photo/Bob Roller

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, a Cleveland native who is apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic and apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico, to head the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

The appointment was announced in Washington Nov. 19 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Broglio, 55, succeeds Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, who was installed as head of the Baltimore Archdiocese Oct. 1.

“I am indeed privileged to take the reins from Archbishop O’Brien,” said Archbishop Broglio at a Nov. 19 news conference at the military archdiocese’s headquarters in Washington.

The new archbishop, who has never been in the armed forces, said he has encountered members of the military in countries where he served in the diplomatic corps. He said his primary goal will be to find more chaplains. Currently there are about 300 Catholic military chaplains serving U.S. troops.

“The greatest resource of our [archdiocese] is our priests,” Archbishop Broglio said. “Chaplains are committed to letting the light of Christ shine.”

Archbishop Broglio has a career that is closely associated with Rome, where he was ordained a priest of the diocese of Cleveland May 19, 1977, by Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli and ordained to the episcopacy by Pope John Paul II March 19, 2001.

Born Dec. 22, 1951, Timothy Broglio graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Jesuit-run Boston College before entering the seminary.

In 1976 he earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and pursued additional studies in biblical theology. Following his ordination he returned to Cleveland to serve as an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in South Euclid, Ohio. He later called that assignment “the best two years of my life.”

He returned to Rome in 1979 to study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican’s school for diplomats. He graduated from the academy in 1983, the same year he completed a doctorate in canon law at Gregorian University.

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