Mgr James MacNeil appointed administrator of the diocese
When a diocese loses its bishop through age, or his being transferred to another diocese as Bishop Toal was, an administrator has to be appointed until a new bishop is announced. The administrator will have the responsibility of taking care of any immediate diocesan business that requires attention. Each diocese has a College of Consultors chosen by the bishop to assist him in running the diocese, and it is their duty to choose an administrator. The seven priests met on Wednesday and appointed Mgr MacNeil. Since the diocesan office is next door to the bishop’s house, he will have the assistance of the office staff to help him in his task. We remember him in our prayers that God will guide him in his important role until a new bishop is chosen.