Archbishop Edwin O'Brien made the announcement this evening at the Archdiocesan schools dinner. The new Monsignor Parker is Archbishop O'Brien's long-time personal secretary and can be seen in the accompanying photo on the left assisting the Archbishop at the yearly Chrism Mass. Congratulations and best wishes to this newest honorary member of the papal household.
Archbishop O'Brien currently serves as Apostolic Administrator in Baltimore until his successor is named, having been appointed the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. He will take the formal title of pro-Grand Master until he is named to the College of Cardinals, which is expected to happen at the next consistory. He will replace Cardinal John Foley, who had been the Order's Grand Master since 2007, and resigned, due to ill health, earlier this year.
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