I wonder, is this the longest vacant US see?
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Richard F. Stika, 51, pastor of the Church of the Annunziata, in Ladue, Missouri, as Bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The appointment was announced in Washington, January 12, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Stika succeeds Bishop Joseph Kurtz who headed the Knoxville Diocese before he was named Archbishop of Louisville in June 2007.
Richard Stika was born July 4, 1957, in St. Louis. He graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School and the University of St. Louis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He then earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and Master of Divinity degree in theology from Kenrick Seminary, in St. Louis.