Pope Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop of the Boston Archdiocese to head the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine.
Bishop Robert Deeley will be installed as head of the Portland Diocese during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Feb. 14.
"As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude to the Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility," Bishop Deeley said in a statement released by the Boston Archdiocese.
Deeley also thanked Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, saying, "he has taught me much of what it means to be a faithful shepherd through his word and example."
Bishop Deeley, 67, was ordained auxiliary bishop of Boston on Jan. 4, 2013.