Local priest named auxiliary bishop of Military Archdiocese

May 22, 2010

The Rev. F. Richard Spencer, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who serves as an Army chaplain stationed in Germany, was named auxiliary bishop of the Military Archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday.

The Military Archdiocese offers pastoral care to more than 1.5 million Catholics who serve in the armed forces and who are patients or staff at veterans hospitals, according to its website.

Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin F. O'Brien, former archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, said in a statement, "We are proud the Holy Father has chosen him, one of our own, to continue serving our brave and generous women and men in the military."

Spencer completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park and was ordained into the priesthood at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in 1988. He served in active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1980 and has served as chaplain to the Army since 1991. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005.

The date of Spencer's ordination has not been set.

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