This likely represents the first authentic “Franciscan” appointment and the appointment engine is back in gear.
The Archdiocese of Newark is very, very troubled. Archbishop Myers is 72…typical retirement is 75ish. His axillary bishops are 70+. Francis is bringing in a young (54 years) bishop help out as coadjutor. A coadjutor immediately takes office at the time of retirement or death of the reigning bishop. He is a sort of bishop in waiting.
I am comforted by this appointment knowing that we too will get a “shepherd who smells like his sheep”. To me, this is a stellar appointment to a very troubled place. In time, we will get the same level of attention and hopefully, an bishop of similar quality.
Rocco, as always, does the heavy lifting and places this all into his interesting perspective.
Pray for Francis and it is never too early to pray for our new bishop – he’s out there some place.