Appointment of Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin as Archbishop of Newark

Statement of The Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen
on the Appointment of Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin
as the Sixth Metropolitan Archbishop of Newark, NJ

November 7, 2016

What wonderful news to welcome Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin to New Jersey.  His Eminence is extremely well-suited for his new responsibilities as shepherd of the Church of Newark.  His priestly heart as well as his experience working as the Superior General of the Redemptorist and as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Vatican make him a fitting choice to serve the faithful clergy, religious and laity of the beautiful Archdiocese of Newark. Pope Francis has given a great gift to Newark and to the Province of New Jersey. The welcoming of a cardinal for the first time to New Jersey is an added blessing too, and points to the Holy Father’s care for this local Church. I was able to participate in His Eminence’s episcopal ordination in Rome in 2010, and now look forward to welcoming the cardinal-designate to his new home.

I also want to thank Archbishop John Myers for his faithful shepherding of the Church of Newark and for his nearly thirty years of episcopal ministry and service in Peoria and Newark. The Archbishop certainly passes along a vibrant and faith-filled Archdiocese to his successor.  May God continue to bless and keep him as he exercises his ministry in a new way now.