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DIOCESE Siffrin elected to interim position



Published: Fri, June 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



He will serve as administrator until a new bishop is appointed by the pope.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin was elected Thursday as an interim leader for the Diocese of Youngstown, after Bishop Thomas Tobin's installation as bishop of Providence, R.I.

Monsignor Siffrin was named diocesan administrator by the nine-member College of Consultors. He will serve until a new bishop is chosen by Pope Benedict XVI, which could be anywhere from six months to a year.

Monsignor Siffrin, who grew up in Massillon, was ordained June 23, 1979, after completing seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. He served on the faculty at Ursuline High School in Youngstown and served as associate principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.

He was appointed to the diocesan offices in 1987 as diocesan director of planning. In 1988 he was appointed associate chancellor, then chancellor and Episcopal vicar. In 1996 he was appointed vicar general and moderator of the Curia. Monsignor Siffrin was named prelate of honor by Pope John Paul II in June 2004.

He currently serves as administrator of St. Edward Parish in Youngstown.

Monsignor Siffrin is a member of the college of consultors, the priests' council, the board of trustees of Catholic Cemeteries, the Diocesan Foundation Advisory Board and the Diocesan Finance Council.

"I am honored to be chosen diocesan administrator and will do my very best to serve the people of the Diocese of Youngstown until we are blessed with a new bishop," Monsignor Siffrin said.

In a 1993 interview with The Vindicator, Monsignor Siffrin talked about his life in the church and said, "The function of being a priest has always been one of service. What matters is being available with your gifts and abilities."




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