Archdiocese Lauds Papal Honors Recipients
"I am happy for these men and women, first for their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their work and generosity, and second for their goodness and loyalty to the Church," Archbishop Myers said last June when the papal honors first were announced. "Please join me in extending congratulations, prayers and gratitude to these priests and Religious from a cross-section of the archdiocese for their dedicated service to the Church as acknowledged by our Holy Father."
Among those being recognized, Reverend Monsignor Ronald J. Rozniak, pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ridgewood, will be elevated to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary. He was installed as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on June 14, 1997.
Rev. Msgr. Rozniak, who also serves as archdiocesan Vicar General, Missio Sui Juris, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Episcopal Vicar for Healthcare and Social Services, was born in Jersey City on Oct. 17, 1945 and ordained in Newark on June 29, 1971 by Archbishop Thomas A. Boland. Among his administrative responsibilities, he serves on the Archdiocese of Newark's Finance Council, Presbyteral Council and is the archdiocesan consultor.
The honorary title of "supernumerary" refers to all Protonotary Apostolic officials who are located "outside" of Rome, Rev. Msgr. Rozniak said. According to information on the Vatican's Web site, the Office of Magistri Caerimoniarum Apostolicarum (Masters of Apostolic Ceremonies) has a tradition that dates back to the 15th century. Regulations approved by pontiffs over the years created domestic prelates (today Prelate of Honor of His Holiness) and Apostolic Protonotary ad instar (Apostolic Protonotary Supernumerary).
Reforms introduced at the Second Vatican Council gave the Office for Papal Ceremonies a greater role in liturgical pastoral activities. Papal Masters of Ceremonies assist the pope and Cardinals during special events, solemn celebrations and religious services.
Cited as Prelates of Honor are the Reverend Monsignor William J. Fadrowski, pastor, Queen of Peace Parish, North Arlington; the Reverend Monsignor Kevin M. Hanbury, Vicar for Education and Superintendent of Schools; the Reverend Monsignor Anthony J. Kulig, pastor emeritus, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Bayonne, South Orange; and the Reverend Monsignor James O. Sheerin, pastor emeritus, Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish, Little Ferry.
Those honored with the title of Chaplain of His Holiness include the Reverend Monsignor Michael A. Andreano, Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Archbishop; the Reverend Monsignor Beaubrun Ardouin, pastor of Saint Leo Parish, Irvington, and the coordinator of the Haitian Apostolate; the Reverend Monsignor Peter Baldacchino, pastor, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, and chancellor, 'Missio Sui Juris,' Turks and Caicos Islands; the Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, associate dean, associate professor of Moral Theology and codirector, Institute for Christian Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University (SHU); the Reverend Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo, official, Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Vatican City State; the Reverend Monsignor David C. Hubba, pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Nutley; the Reverend Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes, assistant to the archbishop for public affairs; the Reverend Monsignor John G. Judge, pastor, Saint Cassian Parish, Upper Montclair; the Reverend Monsignor John J. Laferrera, pastor, Saint Philomena Parish, Livingston; the Reverend Monsignor Lawrence J. Miller, pastor, Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Bayonne; the Reverend Monsignor Anselm I. Nwaorgu, pastor, Blessed Sacrament/Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Newark, and coordinator, Nigerian IBO Catholic Community; the Reverend Monsignor Lewis V. Papera, pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, Hasbrouck Heights; the Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Petrillo, pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Orange, and executive director, clergy personnel; the Reverend Monsignor James J. Sheehan, judicial vicar designate; and the Reverend Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, executive director of mission and ministry and secretary designee to the Board of Regents, SHU.
The Benemerenti Medal for Religious (the word "benemerenti" means "to a well-deserving person") was given to Sister Patricia Butler, S.C., associate superintendent of schools; Brother Ralph Darmento, F.S.C., deputy superintendent of schools; the Reverend Edward Glynn, S.J., founding president, Christ the King Preparatory High School, Newark; the Reverend Mariusz E. Koch, C.F.R., councillor, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and director of formation for Brothers in temporary vows and spiritual director of novices, Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, Newark; Sister Margaret Thomas McGovern, O.P., delegate for religious; the Reverend John F. Russell, O. Carm., assistant spiritual director and professor of systematic and pastoral theology, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, SHU; Sister Virginia Maria Stanton, S.S.J., retired director, archdiocesan Center for Ministerial Development; and the Reverend Benedict M. Worry, O.S.B., pastor, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Linden.