Pope Benedict XVI today appointed a priest from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to become an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York
Monsignor Nelson J. Perez, 50, currently is pastor of St. Agnes Church in West Chester. He also is founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization and has been heavily involved in ministry to Hispanic Catholics, the archdiocese said in a statement.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre covers the suburban counties of New York's Long Island and serves about 1.5 million Catholics, a growing number of them Hispanic.
Born in Miami, Perez grew up in West New York, N.J., and was ordained a priest in 1989.