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The Catholic Diocese of Birmingham will introduce South Carolina BIshop
Robert J. Baker as its new bishop-elect this morning in a press
conference at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul's Cathedral Life Center.

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Baker, 63, to fill the job in Alabama,
where the diocese includes EWTN, the global Catholic satellite network
founded by Mother Angelica.

Baker, a native of Ohio, has close ties to EWTN. He recently was
co-author of the book, "When Did We See You, Lord?" with EWTN
personality the Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel.

Baker attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and
was ordained a priest March 21, 1970, for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
From 1970 to 1972, his first assignment was as assistant pastor at St.
Paul's Parish, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., where he also taught at Bishop
Kenny High School. From 1972 to 1975, he studied at the Gregorian
University in Rome, Italy, where he received a degree in dogmatic
theology. From 1975 to 1999, he served as spiritual director of college
seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum, pastor of the
Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, and pastor of Christ the King
Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

He also directed the Catholic Student Parish at the University of
Florida in Gainesville and taught sacramental theology at St. Vincent de
Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. On Sept. 29, 1999, he was ordained
and installed as the bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. He is
currently chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on
Stewardship.

He co-wrote, with Tony Sands, "Cacique: A Novel of Florida's Heroic
Mission History." His latest book, "The Questioner's Prayer," was
released in April 2007 by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Co.