Liam Cary

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Liam Stephen Cary
Bishop of Baker
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Portland in Oregon
Diocese Baker
Appointed March 8, 2012
Installed May 18, 2012
Predecessor Robert F. Vasa
Ordination September 5, 1992
by William Levada
Consecration May 18, 2012
by John George Vlazny, Robert F. Vasa, and William S. Skylstad
Personal details
Born (1947-08-21) August 21, 1947 (age 69)
Portland, Oregon
Styles of
Liam Stephen Cary
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Liam Cary (born August 21, 1947) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He has served as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baker in the state of Oregon since 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Liam Stephen Cary was born in Portland, Oregon. Three years later the family moved to Prineville, Oregon. He studied for the priesthood at Mount Angel Seminary near Mt. Angel, Oregon, St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received a bachelor's and a licentiate in sacred theology.[1] From 1970, he took a leave of absence from the Menlo Park seminary, eventually returning to his studies in 1988.[2]

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon by Archbishop William Levada on September 5, 1992.[3][4]


After ordination Father Cary served as the parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Salem, Oregon (1992–1995), archdiocesan vocation director (1995–1999) and pastor at Sacred Heart Parish Medford, Oregon, St. Luke's in Woodburn, Oregon (1999–2011) and St. Mary's Church in Eugene, Oregon (2011–2012).[1][5]

Bishop of Baker[edit]

Father Cary was named the bishop of Baker by Pope Benedict XVI on March 8, 2012. His episcopal consecration took place on May 18, 2012, at the hands of Archbishop John George Vlazny of Portland, Oregon. Bishops Robert F. Vasa, the previous bishop of Baker, and William Stephen Skylstad, who had served the Baker Diocese as Apostolic Administrator, were the co-consecrators.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pope Names Portland Archdiocese Priest Bishop Of Baker, Oregon". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Morris-Long, Dan (Feb 17, 2014). "Parish reactions mixed in wake of Vatican denial of pastor's appeal". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Bishop Liam Stephen Cary". Retrieved August 17, 2012. [self-published source]
  4. ^ "Diocese of Baker". Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nancy Haught (March 9, 2012). "Portland priest Liam Cary named new bishop of Baker". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert F. Vasa
Bishop of Baker
Succeeded by