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J. Augustine Di Noia ’80PhD

How often except in daydreams does someone get to make a statement like “I am happy the Pope has entrusted to me an area that he considers so important?” That’s what theologian J. Augustine Di Noia ’80PhD told the Catholic News Service when he was appointed on June 16 to head the Vatican office concerned with liturgy. Di Noia, who got his doctorate in religious studies at Yale, is a Dominican priest who has worked since 2002 at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. There he served under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI. As secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Di Noia will address issues relating to liturgical practices, including a new English translation of the mass. The job comes with a promotion: Di Noia will be ordained as an archbishop in a ceremony in Washington, DC, on July 11. The New York City native has been named archbishop of Oregon City, Oregon, but he won’t have to make the commute from Rome. Oregon City is a former archdiocese that is no longer active: it’s maintained as one of the church’s “titular sees” for bishops based in the Vatican.

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