Pope John Paul II has named Monsignor Ronald W. Gainer, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, as the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.
The announcement was made by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, papal nuncio to the United States, at 6 a.m. EST today. The papal nuncio is the pope's ambassador and liaison to the church in the United States.
Prior to his appointment today, Bishop-Elect Gainer, 55, served as the Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal and the Secretary of Catholic Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Allentown. He also served as chaplain to the Carmelite Nuns of the Ancient Observance (Calced Carmelites) in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. At the time of his appointment, he served as a member of the Diocese of Allentown's Council of Priests, College of Consultors, and Priest Personnel Board.
Bishop-Elect Gainer was ordained for the Diocese of Allentown on May 19, 1973. He was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II on August 20, 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Divinity Degree (summa cum laude) from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law and a Diploma in Latin Letters from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.
He was born in Pottsville, PA, on August 24, 1947, to Anna M. Meko Gainer and the late Francis F. Gainer. He attended Mary, Queen of Peace Grade School, Pottsville, and graduated from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary High School, Pottsville, in 1965. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, from September, 1965, to June, 1973.
In addition to his work with the Diocesan Tribunal and promoting works of spiritual renewal and evangelization as Secretary of Catholic Life and Evangelization, Bishop-Elect Gainer has taught canon law, has served in parish and campus ministry assignments, and has served as spiritual director to diocesan chapters for separated, divorced, and widowed persons.
Thanks to Meggan for passing that along