Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has over 120,000 followers on Twitter. Click image to visit his account.
Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to use Twitter. Pope Francis, the current Bishop of Rome, now tweets from the same @Pontifex account and has embraced Twitter as an important media tool. He is not alone. There are many Roman Catholic Bishops on Twitter. Below are tweets I found of Roman Catholic Bishops in the United States who are actively tweeting (some more than others). Follow them all. Which ones do it best? There are many criteria we can use to judge that, including quality of tweets, number of followers and number of retweets. You decide who is doing the best job.
Note: In a subsequent post, I’ll share some diocesan accounts with you.
Bishop Dewane has an account but hasn’t tweeted yet…so it shows up like this.
Same with Bishop Quinn.
Oops! We’re missing a LOT of bishops here! I may have missed some. Some bishops’ accounts don’t readily show up in Twitter search. Also, mind you, some bishops have wonderful diocesan accounts, so their absence on Twitter as individuals does not mean they are ignoring Twitter. Personally, I’d like to see bishops with their own accounts, though. Wouldn’t you? Contact the following bishops and ask them to join Twitter as INDIVIDUALS: Bishop Robert Baker (Birmingham), Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz (Anchorage), Bishop Donald J. Kettler (Fairbanks), Bishop Gerald Dino (Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix), Bishop Thomas Olmsted (Phoenix), Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas (Tucson), Bishop Anthony B. B. Taylor (Little Rock), Bishop Sarhad Jammo (Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle), Bishop Armando X. Ochoa (Fresno), Bishop Richard J. Garcia (Monterey), Bishop Michael C. Barber SJ (Oakland), Bishop Jaime Soto (Sacramento), Bishop Gerald R. Barnes (San Bernardino), Bishop Robert H. Brom (San Diego), Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (San Francisco), Bishop Robert F. Vasa (Santa Rosa), Bishop Stephen E. Blaire (Stockton), Bishop Michael J. Sheridan (Colorado Springs), Bishop Fernando Isern (Pueblo), Bishop Michael R. Cote (Norwich), Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky (Ukranian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford), Bishop W. Francis Malooly (Wilmington), Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio (U.S. Military), Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski (Miami), Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito (Palm Beach), Bishop Felipe J. Estévez (St. Augustine), Bishop Robert N. Lynch (St. Petersburg), Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory (Atlanta), Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer (Savannah), Bishop Larry Silva (Honolulu), Bishop Michael P. Driscoll (Boise), Bishop Edward K. Braxton (Belleville), Francis Cardinal George (Chicago), Bishop R. Daniel Conlon (Joliet), Bishop David J. Malloy (Rockford), Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Springfield, Illinois), Bishop Richard Stephen Seminack (St. Nicholas of Chicago for Ukranians), Bishop Jacob Angadiath (St. Thomas Syro Malabar Diocese of Chicago), Bishop Charles Thompson (Evansville), Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades (Fort Wayne – South Bend), Bishop Dale J. Melczek (Gary), Archbishop Joseph William Tobin (Indianapolis), Bishop Timothy L. Doherty (Lafayette, IN), Bishop Martin J. Amos (Davenport), Bishop Richard E. Pates (Des Moines), Bishop Michael O. Jackels (Dubuque), Bishop R. Walker Nickless (Sioux City), Bishop John B. Brungardt (Dodge City), Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann (Kansas City), Bishop Edward Joseph Weisenburger (Salina), Bishop Eugene J. Gerber (Wichita), Bishop Ronald W. Gainer (Lexington), Bishop William F. Medley (Owensboro), Bishop Ronald P. Herzog (Alexandria), Bishop Robert W. Muench (Baton Rouge), Bishop Sam G. Jacobs (Houma-Thibodaux), Bishop Michael Jarrell (Lafayette, LA), Bishop Glen J. Provost (Lake Charles), Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond (New Orleans), Bishop Michael G. Duca (Shreveport), Bishop Joseph J. Gerry (Portland, ME), Archbishop William E. Lori (Baltimore), Bishop Nicholas J. Samra (Melkite Eparchy of Newton), Bishop George W. Coleman (Fall River), Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell (Springfield, MA), Bishop Robert J. McManus (Worcester), Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron (Detroit), Bishop Bernard A. Hebda (Gaylord), Bishop Walter A. Hurley (Grand Rapids), Bishop Paul J. Bradley (Kalamazoo), Bishop Joseph R. Cistone (Saginaw), Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner (Crookston), Bishop Paul D. Sirba (Duluth), Bishop John M. LeVoir (New Ulm), Archbishop John C. Nienstedt (St. Paul and Minneapolis), Bishop Roger P. Morin (Biloxi), Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson), Bishop John R. Gaydos (Jefferson City), Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City – St. Joseph), Bishop Robert J. Shaheen (Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon), Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. ( Springfield – Cape Girardeau), Bishop Michael W. Warfel (Great Falls – Billings), Bishop George Leo Thomas (Helena), Bishop William J. Dendinger (Grand Island), Archbishop George Lucas (Omaha), Bishop Joseph Pepe (Las Vegas), Bishop Randolph Calvo (Reno), Bishop Peter Libasci (Manchester), Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan (Camden), Bishop Yousif Habash (Syriac Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance), Bishop Paul Bootkoski (Metuchen), Bishop Arthur Serratelli (Paterson), Bishop David O’Connell (Trenton), Bishop Oscar Cantú (Las Cruces), Archbishop Michael Sheehan (Santa Fe), Bishop Howard J. Hubbard (Albany), Bishop Mikaël Mouradian (Armenian Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg), Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (Brooklyn), Bishop Richard J. Malone (Buffalo), Bishop Gregory John Mansour (Eparchy of St. Maron, Brooklyn), Bishop Terry LaValley (Ogdensburg), Bishop Robert J. Cunningham (Rochester and Syracuse), Bishop William F. Murphy (Rockville Centre), Bishop Thomas Eusebius (Syro-Malankara Exarchate), Bishop Peter Jugis (DIocese of Charlotte), Bishop John Folda (Fargo), Archbishop Dennis Schnurr (Cincinnati), Bishop Frederick Campbell (Columbus), Bishop John Kudrick (Eparchy of Parma), Bishop Jeffrey Monforton (Steubenville), Bishop Leonard Blair (Toledo), Bishop John Bura (Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat), Bishop George Murry (Youngstown), Bishop Edward Slattery (Tulsa), Bishop Liam Cary (Baker), Bishop John Barres (Allentown), Bishop Mark Bartchak (Altoona – Johnstown), Archbishop William Skurla (Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh), Bishop Lawrence Persico (Erie), Bishop Lawrence Brandt (Greensburg), Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia), Bishop David Zubik (Pittsburgh), Bishop Joseph C. Bambera (Scranton), Archbishop Stefan Soroka (Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia), Bishop Thomas J. Tobin (Providence), Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone (Charleston), Bishop Robert D. Gruss (Rapid City), Bishop Paul J. Swain (Sioux Falls), Bishop David R. Choby (Nashville), Bishop Patrick J. Zurek (Amarillo), Bishop Joe S. Vásquez (Austin), Bishop Daniel E. Flores (Brownsville), Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey (Corpus Christi), Bishop Mark J. Seitz (El Paso), Daniel Cardinal DiNardo (Galveston – Houston), Bishop James A. Tamayo (Laredo), Bishop Plácido Rodríguez (Lubbock), Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer (San Angelo), Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller (San Antonio), Bishop Joseph E. Strickland (Tyler), Bishop David E. Fellhauer (Victoria), Bishop Salvatore R. Matano (Burlington), Bishop Paul S. Loverde (Arlington), Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (Seattle), Bishop Blase J. Cupich (Spokane), Bishop Michael J. Bransfield (Wheeling – Charleston), Bishop William P. Callahan (LaCrosse), Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki (Milwaukee), Bishop Peter F. Christensen (Superior), Bishop Paul D. Etienne (Cheyenne).