Bishop Frank J. Rodimer was ordained a Catholic priest at St. John's Cathedral on May 19th, 1951. He pursued a degree in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and was awarded a doctorate in 1954. In June 1954, he was appointed Assistant Chancellor of the Diocese of Paterson and Secretary of the Diocesan Tribunal. During this time, he served as Assistant Pastor to St. Brendan's parish in Clifton. He was later appointed first Diocesan Director of Sacred Liturgy. He was named Secretary of Paterson's Bishop James Navagh and attended the Second Vatican Council. In December 1964, he was appointed Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Consultors.
He was Administrator of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Sparta from April 1967 to January 1968, at which time he became Pastor of St. Paul's parish in Clifton. On December 5, 1977, Pope Paul VI appointed him the sixth Bishop of Paterson
, the first native born bishop in the diocese. He was ordained bishop on November 28, 1978, in St. John's Cathedral, Paterson.
Bishop Rodimer writes a weekly column for the diocesan newspaper, The Beacon. He has established a $7 million diocesan endowment to support Catholic schools, parishes and the diocesan ministries through fund raising. With corporate leaders, Bishop Rodimer established the Tri-County Scholarship fund which provides scholarships to needy students attending Catholic schools conducted by the diocese and parishes in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties.
Bishop is a member or former member of the following:
- Board of Regents of Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
- Board of Trustees of Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ
- Chancellor of St. Elizabeth's College, Convent Station, NJ
- United States Catholic Conference Administrative Committee
- USCC Committee on Education
- USCC Campaign for Human Development
- USCC Liturgy Committee
- USCC Committee for the North American College of Louvain
- Pax Christi
- U.S. Bishop's Conference drafting and approval of the Pastoral Letters on Peace and Economic Justice