predecessor, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington,
called Archbishop Myers a very goodpriest, a loving and
warm shepherd and a man totally dedicated to the Church and
to the Holy Father.
a Newark press conference, after his appointment was announced,
Archbishop Myers said it was a special honor to succeed
the Cardinal for whom I have deep admiration and sincere
friendship and affection. He also thanked and warmly embraced
Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, who served as Newarks Archbishop
before the Cardinal.
new Archbishop comes from a rural Illinois town. He was born
in Ottawa, Ill., on July 26, 1941 to MelvinWayne (Jack) and
the late Margaret Myers. He is the oldest of seven children.
He is remembered as an outstanding student; and he completed
studies at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He said he discerned
a call to the priesthood while in college. He entered the seminary
and went on to Rome for further studies. He was ordained by
Bishop Francis Reh on Dec. 17, 1966 at the Altar of the Chair
in St. Peters Basilica, Rome. He earned a Licentiate in
Sacred Theology (STL) from the North American College, Gregorian
University in Rome in 1967, and a doctorate in Canon Law from
Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1977.
returned to Peoria for parish work; then went on to serve in
the Department of International Affairs of the U.S. Catholic
Conference. He left the conference in 1971 to return to the
Peoria Diocese where he served at St. Matthew Parish in Champaign,
Ill., for three years.
Myers held many positions of responsibility in the Peoria Diocese,
including that of Vocations Director, Chancellor and Vicar General.
He was a member of the archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and
the Board of Consultors there.
Archbishop was named Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria in 1987 and
acceded to the See of Peoria on Jan. 23, 1990. He serves on
the Board of Governors at the National Catholic Bioethics Center
in Boston, the Board of Trustees of Catholic University of America
and was vice-president of the Illinois Catholic Health Association.
He has participated extensively in Canon Law projects and has
produced scholarly writings on a range of topics, including
diocesan finance, ecclesial ministries, the rights of unborn
children and the family.