As prepares to be formally installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Bridgeport says it may take up to eight months or more to announce his replacement, according to the Connecticut Post.
Brian Wallace told the Post that "the church works in its own time" and it waited until Bishop Lori permanently left Bridgeport before meeting to choose a temporary administrator. A group of "consulters" will meet on Friday.
Three individuals — Monsignor Jerald Doyle, Chancellor Anne O. McCrory and Monsignor Kevin Royal — are currently in charge of the diocese's daily operations and Wallace said that there is a good chance Doyle will be chosen as temporary administrator.
Wallace added that Bishop Lori's successor will most likely be an auxiliary bishop currently serving in other dioceses and a ranked list of three candidates would be sent to the Vatican.
Bishop Lori is scheduled to be installed during a Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore at 2 p.m. and 2,000 people are expected to attend.