Edward Braxton

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Edward Kenneth Braxton
Bishop of Belleville
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Bishop Braxton in 2009
Archdiocese Chicago
Diocese Belleville
Appointed March 15, 2005
Installed June 22, 2005
Predecessor Wilton Daniel Gregory
Ordination May 13, 1970
by John P. Cody
Consecration May 17, 1995
by Justin F. Rigali, J. Terry Steib, and Paul A. Zipfel
Personal details
Birth name Edward Kenneth Braxton
Born (1944-06-28) June 28, 1944 (age 74)
Chicago, Illinois
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis
Bishop of Lake Charles
Alma mater St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (M.A., S.T.L.)
Catholic University of Louvain (Ph.D., S.T.D.)
Styles of
Edward Kenneth Braxton
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Edward Kenneth Braxton (born June 28, 1944) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois since 2005.


Early life and education[edit]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Braxton was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 13, 1970.[1]

Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis[edit]

Braxton was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis by Pope John Paul II on March 28, 1995.[1] He was consecrated by Justin Francis Rigali on May 17, 1995 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana[edit]

Bishop Braxton was installed as Bishop of Lake Charles on February 21, 2001.[citation needed]

Bishop of Belleville, Illinois[edit]

On June 22, 2005 he was installed as Bishop of Belleville in the Cathedral of Saint Peter.[citation needed] He succeeded a fellow African American prelate, Wilton D. Gregory. He is a member of USCCB's Committees on Education, Science and Human Values, and also of the committee on Scripture Translation. He serves as the convenor of the African American Catholic Bishops. He earned his MA and S.T.L. from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois and a Ph.D in Religious Studies and S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.[citation needed]

Braxton, a native of Chicago, has lectured in major cities and townships of South Africa during their annual "winter school." His participation in Jewish-Christian dialogue has taken him to Israel several times. Bishop Braxton's personal interest in the impact of the arts (especially film, television, music, architecture, sculpture, and painting) on religion in contemporary culture is a key factor in his current research. In August 1997, he addressed the National Black Catholic Congress on the topic "Take Into account Various Situations and Cultures: Evangelization and African-Americans".[citation needed]

The Bishop's writings have appeared in the Harvard Theological Review, Theological Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Origins, Commonweal, America, The National Catholic Reporter, and other journals.[citation needed]

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the Diocese of Belleville finance council filed a complaint with the Vatican that Braxton allegedly misused funds.[2] These sentiments were first expressed in a letter written by Sister Jan. E. Renz, the U.S. regional superior of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

In February 2012, the Rev. William Rowe, pastor of Saint Mary's Church in Mount Carmel, Illinois, resigned after ongoing concern from Braxton about "how Father Rowe celebrated the Mass". The resignation specifically followed the "implementation of the new [English translation of the] Roman Missal in late November" 2011, after which Braxton placed greater emphasis on following the translation exactly during mass. However, Braxton's concerns were not new, and "several meetings … over the last five years [had] failed to resolve the bishop's concerns."[3]

On one hand, "Bishop Braxton said one of Father Rowe's parishioners had expressed dismay about the manner in which he celebrated Mass."[3] On the other hand, Rowe explained that he was changing the wording because the church starts with the people".[4]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Wilton Daniel Gregory
Bishop of Belleville
2005 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jude Speyrer
Bishop of Lake Charles
Succeeded by
Glen John Provost
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
Succeeded by