Vatican City, 4 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Portland (area 85,541, population 1,379,000, Catholics 207,300, priests 168, permanent deacons 42, religious 347), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He holds a degree in law from the University of Natal Law School, a master’s degree in theology from the Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon, a bachelor’s degree in theology from the St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, and a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, U.S.A. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including: priest of the “St. Rose of Lima” parish in Portland, archdiocesan delegate for the charismatic movement, adjunct judicial vicar, local superior of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise and vice chair of the presbyteral council. He is currently vicar general and moderator of the Curia.