|His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Bishop Edward Kmiec
|Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo|
|Appointed||August 12, 2004|
|Installed||October 28, 2004|
|Term ended||May 29, 2012|
|Predecessor||Henry Joseph Mansell|
|Successor||Richard Joseph Malone|
|Ordination||December 20, 1961|
|Consecration||November 3, 1982
by John C. Reiss, George W. Ahr, and James John Hogan
June 4, 1936 |
Trenton, New Jersey
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton
Bishop of Nashville
|Motto||Charity and service|
|Ordination history of Edward Kmiec|
|Principal consecrator||John Charles Reiss|
|Date of consecration||November 3, 1982|
|David Choby||February 27, 2006|
Edward Urban Kmiec
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Edward Urban Kmiec (// KI-mik, born June 4, 1936, Trenton, New Jersey) is a retired Roman Catholic Bishop of Buffalo. Kmiec served as an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Trenton from 1982 until his installation as Bishop of Nashville in 1992. He was succeeded in Nashville in 2005 by David Choby.
Early religious life
Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton, New Jersey
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Kmiec served as Auxiliary Bishop in Trenton, New Jersey for 10 years. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in Trenton on August 26, 1982, and was named Titular Bishop of Simidicca on the same date.
Bishop of Nashville, Tennessee
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Bishop of Buffalo, New York
In 2007, Kmiec announced that the Diocese of Buffalo had a balanced budget, after spending cuts reduced a $2.1 million deficit from the previous year.
In 2006, it was reported in Buffalo Business First that the previous leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, Bishop Henry J. Mansell, had not been forthright with the public or his superiors about the debt experienced within the Diocese. One individual was quoted in the same Buffalo Business First article, stating that Mansell was unable to see the reality of the situation. While Mansell did not oversee any church closures during his leadership in Buffalo, he lauded praises and support for the Diocese when it was actually in decline. Kmiec then took on the role as Bishop, faced with more than $3 million in debt, a declining Catholic population, and decreased viability for keeping many schools and churches open.
Kmiec was heavily criticized for downsizing the diocese from 274 parishes and missions in 2005 to 170 parishes and missions in 2011. He also oversaw the closures of 25 elementary schools. Some Catholics maintain the church closings caused irreparable harm to the diocese.
On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Kmiec's resignation due to his having surpassed the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Richard Joseph Malone from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in Maine was Kmiec's successor. Malone was installed at St. Joseph Cathedral on August 10, 2012.
- "Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, D.D., 13th Bishop of Buffalo". Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- Sole power: Bishop Edward Kmiec wants change - and so it will be, Buffalo Business First, Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Business First, 11 September 2006, O'Shei, T., Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- Bishop Edward D. Head dies at 85, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY: Berkshire Hathaway, 30 March 2005, Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- Bishop Edward Urban Kmiec, Catholic-Hierarchy, 29 May 2012, Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- "Bishop says diocesan budget is balanced". Business Business First. September 5, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- At 75, Kmiec reaches a crossroads, Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY: Berkshire Hathaway, June 4, 2011.
- Honoring a bishop who weathered the storms, Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY: Berkshire Hathaway, October 30, 2011.
- "Most Rev. Richard J. Malone appointed Bishop Of Buffalo". WKBW.com. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
|Catholic Church titles|
Henry J. Mansell
|Bishop of Buffalo
Richard Joseph Malone
James Daniel Niedergeses
|Bishop of Nashville
|Auxiliary Bishop of Trenton