As Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, I welcome the appointment by our Holy Father, Pope Francis of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. His appointment is truly a blessing for the people of God in the four-county Archdiocese and for the entire Province of New Jersey. The Cardinal-Designate is well-known for his pastoral sensitivity and leadership, as well as his strong advocacy for religious freedom, social justice, and the plight of immigrants.
His experiences as pastor, superior general of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in Rome, and as Archbishop in Indianapolis will serve him well as he shepherds the Archdiocese of Newark.
I look forward to working with the new Archbishop and express, on behalf of our Bishop-Emeritus, the Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Camden, our prayerful welcome and support.
I also extend heartfelt gratitude to Archbishop John J. Myers for his fifteen years of faithful service to the Archdiocese of Newark and the Church in New Jersey.