Bishop Kevin Farrell, auxiliary of Washington, DC, has been named as the new bishop of Dallas to succeed Bishop Charles Grahmann, who is retiring.
Born in Ireland, he entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1966 and his first assignment was as a chaplain for a university in Mexico. He then went to Washington, DC, where he held a variety of parish assignments and was appointed to head the Spanish Catholic Center, which he led for several years. He was ordained an auxiliary bishop in February 2002. His installation in Dallas will be on May 1, 2007. He is 59 years old.
He is fluent in Spanish and Italian. His brother is a bishop in the Roman Curia at the Vatican.