Will a NY bishop be packing his bags?

The Catholic bishop of Scranton, Pa., has taken early retirement and a rumor is afloat that Bishop Dennis Sullivan, vicar general of the Arch of NY, will replace him.

“Scrantonpriest,” an anonymous poster on the blog Rockin’ Traddy, writes: “Very reliable clerical sources indicate that Bishop Dennis Sullivan, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York has been chosen by the Pope to succeed Bishop Martino. Sullivan’s appointment will be made known next week and he will take possession of the diocese in two months time.”

We’ll see. I’m told Sullivan is on vacation this week.

Sullivan was serving as pastor of the Church of Sts. John and Paul in Larchmont (yeah, I know it’s in the Town of Mamaroneck, but everyone IDs it as being in Larchmont) in 2004, when he was named a bishop. The picture shows his ordination at St. Patty’s on Sept. 21, 04.

As vicar general, Sullivan was Cardinal Egan’s point-man on the planning of the parish realignment announced in 2006.

There has been plenty of talk in the last year or two that one of NY’s auxiliary bishops would be heading out of town.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.