Pope names Arizona Jesuit head of Church Jurisdiction in Kyrgyzstan

Pope names Arizona Jesuit head of Church Jurisdiction in Kyrgyzstan

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named a 54-year-old Arizona-born Jesuit to be the new head of the church’s Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan. Jesuit Father Anthony J. Corcoran, who was born in Tucson, has been serving as superior of the Jesuits’ Russia region since 2009 and has been working in Russia for the past 20 years. The Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan includes about 500 Catholics out of a total population of 5.5 million people, according to Vatican statistics. Five religious-order priests and five women religious minister there. The Vatican announced Father Corcoran’s appointment Aug. 29. Born April 19, 1963, he earned a degree in political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1985, then entered the Jesuits. He earned a master’s in international political economics from Fordham University in New York in 1990, then spent two years teaching at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.