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Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli Retires as Bishop of Paterson, NJ

Editor’s note: Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli’s retirement is of particular interest to Adoremus readers, since he has played a significant role in directing revisions to many English-language liturgical books, among them the current Roman Missal. Bishop Serratelli had served as Chairman of the Committee on Liturgy from 2007 to 2010, as member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), and as a member of the Vatican’s Vox Clara Commission.


Vatican City (CNA)—Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, appointing Brooklyn pastor Fr. Kevin J. Sweeney to be his successor as head of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.

Bishop Serratelli has been bishop of Paterson since 2004. His resignation of the pastoral governance of the New Jersey diocese was accepted just days before his 76th birthday. Diocesan bishops are required by canon law to submit letters of resignation at age 75.

Sweeney, 50, who is the vicar forane of Brooklyn’s 8th deanery, will be Paterson’s eighth bishop. He is also pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Bishop Serratelli said in a video message April 15 he knows Catholics of Brooklyn will miss Sweeney’s “outreach to the poor, his wise counsel, and his good humor.”

Bishop Serratelli also said the announcement of Sweeney’s ordination and installation as bishop will be made as soon as possible.

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