The resignation of Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston was accepted by Pope Benedict today because he has reached the retirement age of 75. He is succeeded by his coadjutor Archbishop Daniel DiNardo. Because he was coadjutor he immediately assumes the office without any interim period.
Under Fiorenza’s leadership, Galveston-Houston was elevated from a diocese to archdiocese on December 29, 2004. It is a metropolitan archdiocese overseeing suffragan dioceses of Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Tyler, and Victoria. Previously it was a suffragan diocese of San Antonio.