Auxiliary Bishop - Belize

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed U.S. Viatorian Father Christopher Glancy as auxiliary bishop to Bishop Dorick Wright of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan in Belize.

 

Bishop-designate Glancy, 51, was born in Moline, Ill., in the Peoria Diocese and has worked in Belize since 1998.


 

Born April 10, 1960, he studied at Alleman High School in Rock Island, Ill., before earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola University in Chicago. While he was still in college, he entered the Clerics of St. Viator,
known as the Viatorians.
After taking his first vows July 16, 1983, he completed a master’s of divinity degree, with specialization in the theology of missions, at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He also taught for 4 years at Colegio San Viator in Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.He took his perpetual vows as a Viatorian on July 13, 1986, and was ordained a priest April 17, 1993. His first work as a priest was as parochial vicar at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bourbonnais, IL. He also served in vocations ministry and was a member of the provincial council of his congregation before going to Belize in 1988, where he served as parochial vicar for 4 years and then 9 years as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in
Corozal.
The parish has 23 village missions and 19 Catholic-Public primary schools, and a new high school, Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School that began classes in August 2004. Since August 201 he has been parrocial vicar at St. Viator Parish, Chicago.His ordination is scheduled to take place on 5 May 2012 in Belize City The Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan covers the entire Central American nation of Belize, About half   its population of 307,000  is Catholic.