Catholic Review Staff
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Archbishop Lori succeeds Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, who took the helm of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2007. Cardinal O’Brien was named grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher in August 2011 and had continued to serve as apostolic administrator for the Baltimore archdiocese until his successor’s installation.
Archbishop Lori, who hails from Louisville, Ky., was installed as the fourth bishop of the Bridgeport diocese in 2001. The Connecticut leader, who has a bachelor’s degree from St. Pius X Seminary in Kentucky, is acquainted with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, having earned a master’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg in 1977.
Archbishop Lori has been at the forefront of Catholic news recently, speaking out against the contraceptive mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in his role as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
He also has a longtime affiliation with the Knights of Columbus and was elected the 10th supreme chaplain of the lay fraternal organization in 2005 – a role he continues to serve. “The Knights of Columbus is an amazing lay organization, predominantly, that already supports family life in very magnificent ways, supports the dignity of human life, and also the vocations of priestly and religious life, as well as a solid healthy patriotism,” then Bishop Lori told CNS upon his 2005 appointment.