Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli and I have been friends since seminary days. I congratulate him on his appointment as Bishop of Paterson by our Holy Father, John Paul II.

Bishop Serratelli moves a short distance to his new Diocese, but he will always be close to all of us in the Archdiocese of Newark who know and love him. This will be especially true for those with whom he shared his knowledge and love for Holy Scripture both as a professor and in his preaching and conferences.

He has always manifested the heart of a pastor. I am confident that the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Paterson will quickly come to appreciate his many gifts as he undertakes his pastoral office among them.

With the other bishops of New Jersey, I join all in the Diocese of Paterson in thanking Bishop Frank J. Rodimer for his over 50 years of pastoral leadership and priestly service in the Diocese, over 25 of them as their bishop. As a native son, he has been in a privileged position to know and care for the people of the Diocese. May the Lord grant him continued good health and length of days.


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