John Favalora

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His Excellency
John Favalora
Archbishop Emeritus of Miami
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Miami
In office November 3, 1994 – April 20, 2010
Predecessor Archbishop Edward Anthony McCarthy
Successor Archbishop Thomas Gerard Wenski
Orders
Ordination December 20, 1961
Consecration July 29, 1986
Personal details
Born (1935-12-05) December 5, 1935 (age 78)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Previous post Bishop of Alexandria,
Bishop of St. Petersburg
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John Clement Favalora (born December 5, 1935) is the former archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami in Miami, Florida, now styled as archbishop emeritus. He served as bishop in the dioceses of Alexandria, Louisiana and St. Petersburg, Florida. He was appointed the third Archbishop of Miami on November 3, 1994 and served until June 2010. Favalora is a former member of the Board of Trustees at The Catholic University of America and serves as a member of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. He serves as State Chaplain and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Florida in addition to being President of the Florida Catholic Conference. He is a member of the USCCB committees on Priestly Life and Ministry, Sexual Abuse and Pro-Life issues.[1]

Education[edit]

Favalora was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1954. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, Louisiana; Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; then the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he was ordained on December 20, 1961. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and History prior to his priestly ordination.[2]

After returning to his home diocese of New Orleans, he obtained certification as a secondary school teacher from Xavier University in New Orleans. Subsequently, he attended Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and obtained a Masters in Education degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.[3]

Pastoral work[edit]

Favalora served 25 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans where he worked as a pastor, high school principal, director of vocations, and rector-president of Notre Dame Seminary.

Upon returning to New Orleans following his ordination, he served as Assistant Pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church from 1962–70. In addition to his duties at St. Theresa, Favalora served as Vice Rector of St. John Vianney Preparatory School in 1964 and, in 1968, was appointed Principal. In 1973, he began a six-year stint as Pastor of St. Angela Merici Church in Metairie.

In 1979, he was named Director of the Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese. Beginning in 1981, he was appointed Rector/President of Notre Dame Seminary, a position he held for the five years immediately prior to his appointment as Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana.[4]

Episcopacy[edit]

Pope John Paul II appointed Father Favalora the ninth Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana on June 24, 1986. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left a week earlier when Bishop Wiliam B. Friend was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Shreveport.

Favalora was subsequently consecrated and installed as Bishop on July 29, 1986 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Archbishop Pio Laghi served as Principal Consecrator with Archbishop Philip Hannan and Bishop William Benedict Friend serving as Principal Co-Consecrators.[5]

On March 14, 1989, Favalora was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be the third Bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was appointed to succeed William Thomas Larkin, who submitted his letter of resignation abruptly in 1986 upon being diagnosed with leukemia. Bishop Larkin, still eligible to serve an additional 10 years, continued to lead the diocese until Bishop Favalora was installed on May 16, 1989.[6] On November 3, 1994, Bishop Favalora received his third episcopal appointment as the third Archbishop of Miami, Florida, succeeding Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy who retired upon reaching the usual retirement age. He was installed as Archbishop on December 20, 1994 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Miami.[7] Archbishop Favalora submitted his resignation in April 2010, eight months before reaching the mandatory age for episcopal resignation of seventy-five.

Favalora has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at The Catholic University of America and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. He has also served as State Chaplain and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Florida in addition to being President of the Florida Catholic Conference. He has been a member of the USCCB committees on Priestly Life and Ministry, Sexual Abuse and Pro-Life issues.[8]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Benedict Friend
Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Sam Gallip Jacobs
Preceded by
William T. Larkin
Bishop of St. Petersburg
1989–1994
Succeeded by
Robert Nugent Lynch
Preceded by
Edward Anthony McCarthy
Archbishop of Miami
1994–2010
Succeeded by
Thomas Wenski