New Auxiliary Bishop Named for Newark Archdiocese
Pope John Paul II has named a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark to be an Auxiliary Bishop. The Holy Father today named Monsignor Arthur J. Serratelli, rector of St. Andrew College Seminary, Seton Hall University, to be an Auxiliary Bishop.
Monsignor Serratelli was ordained a priest on December 20, 1968 in Rome for service to the Archdiocese of Newark.
The 56 year-old Monsignor is the son of Eva and the late Pio D. Serratelli of Newark. He was born on April 18, 1944 and attended local grammar schools, Seton Hall Prep and Seton Hall University, where he studied philosophy. He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ.
In making the announcement, Archbishop McCarrick stated: "Once more the Holy Father has honored the Church of Newark by selecting one of its outstanding priests for the Office of Bishop. It is with great gratitude to God that we welcome Monsignor Arthur Serratelli as Auxiliary Bishop of Newark.
"The Bishop-elect is a renowned Scripture Scholar, a beloved Seminary Rector and most of all a dedicated and holy priest. In this Jubilee Year, when the thoughts of all the faithful turn to the Holy Land where Jesus was born 2000 years ago, there is a wonderful fittingness in the appointment of Bishop Serratelli, who has given his life to the study and teaching of the Sacred Scriptures which presents us the story of the LordŐs life among us. His background and his learning will now be of great value not only to us here, but indeed to the bishops of the United States and to the whole Church.
"In a personal way, I rejoice in his nomination since I have come to appreciate him all the more during these past three years as he served with such great grace in the role of Rector of our Saint AndrewŐs College Seminary.
"He will be a tremendous help to me and to the other Auxiliary Bishops in the pastoral care of the Church of Newark. "
Bishop-elect Serratelli responded to the Holy Father's appointment by saying: "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, and to our own Archbishop, Most Reverend Theodore E. McCarrick, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me in calling me to serve the Church of Newark in the Office of Bishops.
"In words of Timothy I, I take my strength from the Grace that is in Christ Jesus, and I will exert myself to assist our Archbishop in his role of shepherding the Body of Christ always with my brother priests.
"Through the intercession of the Mother of God, may I be found faithful of the sacred trust now given me."
After ordination, Fr. Serratelli served as a parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish, Belleville. He then joined the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, where he taught systematic theology from 1970-1972. After that, he returned to studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon his return to the Archdiocese, he served as a professor of Sacred Scripture at Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 1997, Fr. Serratelli was named rector of St. Andrew College Seminary. In 1998, Fr. Serratelli became Msgr. Serratelli when His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, elevated him to the position of Prelate of Honor.