How Tall Is Pope Benedict

December 22, 2011 by staff 

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5 feet, 7 inches or 1.70 meters.

WHEELING, W.Va.-Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has named three priests of the diocese each as Chaplain to His Holiness, entitling them to be addressed as monsignor. The new monsignors are:

Rev. Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, S.T.D., V.E., Episcopal Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, with residence in Wheeling;

Rev. Msgr. Paul Hudock, diocesan director of Vocations and priest secretary to Bishop Bransfield, with residence in Wheeling;

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Peterson, V.F., vicar forane of the Parkersburg Vicariate and pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg, W.Va.

The Vatican made this announcement to Bransfield Dec. 16.

A pontifical honor conferred exclusively upon secular or diocesan priests in recognition of their dedication and exemplary service to the church, monsignors are honorary members of the Pontifical Family, appointed by the pope himself. There are three grades of monsignor in the Catholic Church: Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary, Prelate of Honor to His Holiness and Chaplain to His Holiness.

“I am grateful to His Holiness for the recognition of the service each of these men has provided to the diocese in their own ways,” Bransfield said. “In particular, I am thankful to have received the news of these Papal Honors in time for the celebration of Christmas. I welcomed the news of this award as a sign of our Holy Father’s awareness of the good work of all our priests and a tribute to the wonderful ministry they offer.”

Bransfield said that Cincinnati has served as a priest of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with distinction for 24 years. “Prior to coming to service in the central administration of the diocese,” Bransfield said, “Msgr. Cincinnati served as an effective pastor in two parishes, where he distinguished himself in the his care for the elderly members of the parishes and his stewardship of the parish facilities.”

Bransfield said that Cincinnati has also provided consistently sound and valuable advice to the diocesan bishop. Bransfield also noted Cincinnati’s excellence in work as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy for the diocese, providing oversight and coordination of services and programs that support the development of priests and deacons within the diocese. This includes clergy retirement and healthcare for priests. Cincinnati also plays a key role in planning future clergy assignments and continuing education and formation of clergy across the diocese.

Cincinnati, 50, is a native of Boomer, W.Va. He is the son of John A. Cincinnati and the late Patricia A. Cincinnati and the grandson of the late Clara Cincinnati. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Oct. 3, 1987. Cincinnati served as associate pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley, W.Va., from 1987 to 1989 and of St. Paul Parish in Weirton, W.Va., from 1989 to 1990. He completed his doctoral studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, graduating summa cum laude in 1994 after earning three academic degrees. Following his studies abroad, he served as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg, W.Va., from 1994 to 1996. Cincinnati later served as pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee, W.Va., from 1996 to 2004 and St. Michael Parish in Wheeling from 2004 to 2009. While at St. Michael’s, Cincinnati served as chancellor of the diocese until he left parish ministry to become the current Episcopal Vicar for Clergy in 2009.

Cincinnati was adjunct professor of philosophy and theology at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1998 to 2007. Throughout his diocesan assignments, Cincinnati has served terms on the diocesan Presbyteral Council and was named vicar forane in 2006. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the National Advisory Council, representing Region IV of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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