Salina Bishop To Be Installed In Oklahoma

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Salina-based Roman Catholic Bishop Paul
Coakley is preparing to take a new job and move to a new state.

On Friday, the 55-year-old Coakley will be installed as
Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Oklahoma City.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Coakley to the post in December.
He'll replace the Most Rev. Eusebius J. Beltran, who is retiring
after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Coakley, who has spent most of his life in Kansas, says he has
mixed feelings about leaving the state. The Salina Journal reported
Monday that Coakley's says he is proud of his efforts to recruit
new priests, develop a campaign to raise $15 million for the
Catholic Diocese of Salina, and implement a new pastoral plan for
the diocese.

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Information from: The Salina Journal, http://www.salina.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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