By Colleen Rowan WHEELING—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has appointed Bryan Minor, a layperson, to serve as delegate of administrative affairs for Wheeling-Charleston.
The announcement was made Sept. 25 along with the announcement that Msgr. Frederick P. Annie, former vicar general and moderator of the curia (positions that cease to exist during an interregnum) would step away from his duties at the chancery during the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. Minor also currently serves as executive director of Human Resources for the diocese and of the West Virginia Catholic Foundation. In a letter to clergy of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Archbishop Lori said the Minor will assist him in “overseeing the daily operations of the diocese and will serve as the diocesan point person for the administrative issues that heretofore were the responsibility of the vicar general.” Minor said that he is honored that the archbishop has entrusted him to take on this role and responsibility for the diocese.
“I am very honored that Archbishop Lori has appointed me as his delegate while he is our apostolic administrator here in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” Minor said. “I do look forward to using my experience in various administrative roles during my 22 years of service thus far to assist him in managing the day to day operations of the chancery and its many departments.”
As delegate of administrative affairs, Minor said that he wants to employ the policies and procedures of Archbishop Lori so he may administer effectively, and hopes to be a liaison between staff in Wheeling and in Baltimore. “I do not have any personal ambitions to fulfill in this role other than knowing that I will dedicate myself to doing the best job possible for the archbishop and the people of God of West Virginia,” Minor said. “Our diocese is so special and dear to me, if I can do anything as the delegate to help the archbishop, it would be to sincerely engage our laity, clergy, and religious along with our educators, charitable agencies and parish communities to renew and reconnect, to heal our wounds, to make way for a new administration, and to ultimately be part of rebuilding.”
Minor also emphasized the importance of care for victims of abuse and focusing on the protection of young people and the vulnerable. “Through heartbreaking news and difficult times in our church, we must continue to focus on the victims of abuse, abuse of all types,” Minor said. “We must care for them, pray for them and profess clearly that one victim is one victim too many. Specifically, the protection of children is of paramount importance, and we will continue to make our parishes, schools, charities and other locations safe for children so they may grow fully in God’s grace and not lose their innocence.” Minor and his wife, Maria, have four children and are members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling.