August 21, 2010 |
The Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden, an approachable cleric and former basketball coach known as a "bishop of the people," took his place this week as the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. McFadden, 63, who served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for six years as an auxiliary bishop, was officially installed Wednesday during a 2 1/2-hour liturgy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, a couple of blocks from the Capitol. Hundreds of white-clad priests from around the 15-county diocese, as well as many from Philadelphia, filled up the half-hour opening procession, followed by nearly 30 bishops in peaked miters and several archbishops, including Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore.
June 10, 2012 |
Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, pastor of St. Agnes parish in West Chester, as an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island. Perez, 50, was founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has been a longtime leader in its outreach to the Hispanic community. With 1.5 million members, the Diocese of Rockville Centre is about the same size as the Philadelphia archdiocese. Born in Miami to parents of Cuban ancestry, Perez grew up in West New York, N.J., in the Diocese of Newark, and was ordained a priest in 1989.
August 29, 2009 |
Bishop Joseph Martino, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton and one of the most fervent pro-life voices in the nation, is widely reported to be resigning next week after just six years in the office and long before traditional retirement age. Martino, 62, who served as a priest and auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has rarely appeared in public during his term in the 350,000-member Scranton diocese. Yet he has not shied from controversy, denouncing pro-choice politicians, theologically liberal academics, and Catholic teachers' unions.
December 14, 1988 |
Pope John Paul II has named Bishop Francis B. Schulte, a native of Philadelphia, to be archbishop of New Orleans, church officials announced yesterday. Bishop Schulte, 60, who served as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1981 to 1985 and headed the archdiocesan school system from 1970 to 1980, has been bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., for the last 3 1/2 years. He succeeds Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, who submitted his resignation to the Pope, as required by church law, when he turned 75 on May 20. Bishop Schulte will be installed as archbishop in a ceremony Feb. 14 at St. Louis Cathedral, according to Thomas Finney, spokesman for the New Orleans Archdiocese.
April 12, 1989 |
Bishop William H. Keeler of Harrisburg yesterday was named archbishop of Baltimore, the oldest Catholic archdiocese in the United States. Bishop Keeler, whose appointment by Pope John Paul II was praised by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is known for his efforts to promote understanding between the church and other religious groups in the United States. In the summer of 1987, the bishop was a key figure in smoothing over relations between the Jewish community and the Vatican after a controversial meeting between the Pope and Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who had been accused of complicity in Nazi war crimes.
February 9, 1994 |
Msgr. Edward P. Cullen, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's chief administrative officer and a key aide to Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, has been appointed auxiliary bishop. In making the announcement yesterday, the cardinal called Bishop-elect Cullen, the archdiocese's vicar for administration, "eminently qualified to carry out this awesome responsibility. " Bishop-elect Cullen, 60, said he was humbled by the appointment and vowed to devote his full energies "to ministering to the pastoral needs of the priests, religious and laity" of the archdiocese.
June 12, 2002 |
A bishop in the Archdiocese of New York who was an assistant to Cardinal Edward Egan has resigned after admitting he had a number of affairs with women, the archdiocese said yesterday. The Rev. James McCarthy, an auxiliary bishop of the nation's most influential Roman Catholic archdiocese, admitted to a number of affairs with women after the archdiocese received a letter about them Saturday. McCarthy, who turns 60 next month, is the fourth U.S. bishop to resign in a sex scandal that has engulfed the U.S. Catholic Church.
April 14, 2013 |
Faced with an enrollment smaller than most parochial schools' and little prospect of improvement, Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, N.J., will close in June. Founded in 1927, Sacred Heart enrolls about 168 students in grades nine through 12, well below the threshold of 220 that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden considers viable even for grammar schools. With 52 seniors graduating this spring and just 21 freshmen starting in the fall, the prospect of a turnaround seemed slight, according to diocesan officials.
February 23, 2011 |
As an adviser to the bishop of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the early 1980s, then-Auxiliary Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua recommended that a sexually abusive priest wishing to return after treatment "seek an assignment outside the diocese," according to letters released Tuesday by an advocacy group. The Rev. Roman Ferraro went on to the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., in which he molested two young boys a few years later. The victims reached an out-of-court settlement with the diocese. In 2004, Ferraro was convicted of child sexual assault for abusing a Massachusetts boy in the 1970s.