Update on Bishop Robert F. Vasa, newly appointed coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa

My post on the naming of Bishop Robert Vasa as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Santa Rosa, California generated a few comments. Quite frankly, I was unaware of who Bishop Vasa is until I began reading other reports about him from various sources.

As you know, Bishop Vasa (pronounced Vasha), is most recently from the diocese of Baker, Oregon. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska on May 22, 1976 by Bishop Glennon P. Flavin. He was assistant pastor at the cathedral in Lincoln and a teacher at Pius X High School in the same city. He served in the Marriage Tribunal, later obtaining a graduate degree in Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was assistant chancellor, judicial vicar and later vicar general for the Lincoln diocese. He held various other offices there until being named bishop  of Baker on November 19, 1999. He was ordained a bishop on January 26, 2000.

I’d like to quote from Bishop Vasa’s recent letter to the people of the diocese of Baker, after having been apprised of the Holy Father’s selection of him to be coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa.

“… My eleven years in the Diocese of Baker have been a grace and blessing for me and while I have experienced a number of challenges in the Diocese I can say that I have never regretted saying, “Yes” the first time the Apostolic Nuncio contacted me. I have found a strength and a determination in the people here which matches the often relentless hardness of the land. I have found a land filled with beauty and I have delighted in my travels through it. I have found here friends in the varied corners of the Diocese and by these my life has been greatly enriched. I am also painfully  aware that some have found me too difficult and I can assure you that I have often carried them with me to the chapel in prayer and at Mass. I can only pray that no one has been given true cause to abandon Christ because of me. I am sure that I have not been all that you hoped I could be for you and I ask that you pray that I do better in the future. Please do not judge me too harshly…… I have given of myself, with sacrifices which most will always be unaware, over these past eleven years and I have done so without any hint of regret. I have been blessed by you. I pray that you, in some way, have been likewise blessed by me. Let us remember to pray for one another.”

To read the entire letter, log on to: the Diocese of Baker website.

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2 Responses to Update on Bishop Robert F. Vasa, newly appointed coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa

  1. Maria C. Parker says:

    Dear Bishop Vasa,

    Having just learned of your appointment as Coadjutor in the Santa Rosa Diocese, I had to write to extend my sincere congratulations. We met at the national meeting of CMA in Oregon a few years ago, when Steve White introduced us. We spoke at length then about issues since, at that time, I was interim director of the MA Catholic Conference. From time to time I have kept up with your work and continue to applaud your insights regarding our Church and today’s culture.

    May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly.
    Maria Parker

  2. Christopher Berghout says:

    I recently met Bishop Vasa at the Napa Valley Catholic Men’s Conference and was very impressed. His talk on St. Joseph and his homily at the Mass were both very inspiring. He spent the whole day at the conference hearing confessions, posing for picturers and visiting with the attendees. I believe the Diocese of Santa Rosa will benefit from his leadership, clear Catholic teaching, and his commitment to increasing diocesan vocations.

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