June 1, 2023

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Honor Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior with Farewell Celebration

Bishop Senior has served as an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia since 2009; on April 25th he was appointed the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at Solemn Evening Prayer in thanksgiving for the ministry of Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior to the people of the Church in Philadelphia in advance of his departure to lead the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg as their 12th bishop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
6:00 p.m.
The Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (College Division)
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

All are welcome to attend the Solemn Evening Prayer. Immediately following, an open reception will be held in the Eakins Room, which is located in the Seminary’s College Division Building.

On Tuesday, April 25th Pope Francis named Bishop Senior as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Founded in 1868, the Diocese of Harrisburg is home to over 200,000 Catholics from 15 counties in central Pennsylvania. He will be installed as the bishop of that diocese on Wednesday, June 21st by Archbishop Pérez within the celebration of the Holy Mass at Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. 

Biographical Information on Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Bishop-designate of Harrisburg

Bishop-designate Timothy Senior was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia in July, 2009. He is currently Regional Bishop of Montgomery County and Philadelphia-South, as well as Chancellor of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Bishop-designate Senior served as Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary from 2012 to 2022, after having been the Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012. He served as Vicar for Clergy from 2004 to 2009. From 1992 to 2004, Bishop-designate Senior served in the Archdiocesan Secretariat for Catholic Human Services, both as Deputy Secretary and then Secretary.

A 1977 graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School, Lansdale, Pa., Bishop-designate Senior is a classically trained pianist and the youngest of the three children of the late James H. and Elise Rothwell Senior. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1985. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, served as an assistant pastor at a parish in Bucks County and taught religion in an Archdiocesan high school. He was then assigned to graduate studies at Boston College, earning his Masters in Social Work and Masters in Business Administration in 1992.

In 1998, he was named Honorary Chaplain to His Holiness, and in 2005, he was named a Prelate of Honor. In 2009, Bishop-designate Senior was appointed Titular Bishop of Floriana and Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and was ordained a Bishop on July 31, 2009 by Cardinal Justin Rigali.

Additional Information on Bishop Senior

Bishop Senior is an ex officio member of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests, the Archdiocesan College of Consultors, the Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Board, and the Archdiocesan Finance Council. He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and Chairman of the Archdiocesan Admissions Board for the Diocesan Priesthood.  Bishop Senior is also a member of Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.

In the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Senior serves as a member of The Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and serves as a member of the Committee on National Collections, the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and the Sub-Committee of the Committee on Doctrine on Health Care Issues.   


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