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August 13, 2014

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Chadwick, Miller Named Rector and Spiritual Director of St. Andrew College Seminary

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, today announced the appointment of Rev. John J. Chadwick as Rector of the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall, and Rev. Frederick L. Miller as Seminary Spiritual Director.

Father Chadwick succeeds Rev. Mark Francis O’Malley, who recently requested a medical leave of absence.  Father Miller will succeed Rev. Brian Needles, who is returning to Rome to complete his doctoral studies.    The new faculty members will be joining Rev. Duverney Bermudez, who continues his service as Vice Rector.

In naming Father Chadwick and Father Miller to these posts, the Archbishop stressed the importance of the Archdiocesan college seminary program and challenged the new faculty members to build upon the successes of their predecessors.   He proudly noted that St. Andrew’s Hall is well-respected even outside the Archdiocese, and that the program this year will include seminarians not only from New Jersey, but also from the Dioceses of Wilmington, Delaware, Madison, Wisconsin and Nashville. Tennessee   When it opens later this month, St. Andrew’s Hall is expected to be filled to capacity.

“The task of identifying, forming and strengthening men for priesthood in the Catholic Church is central to the Church’s apostolic mission and to my ministry as chief shepherd of this local Church,” Archbishop Myers said.  “I am thankful that these good, true priests have willingly answered the call to assist me in this role, and to devote their genuine love for the priesthood, commitment to academic excellence, and energies joyfully to bring Christ’s peace and love to their brothers and sisters in the Church through formation of candidates for the priesthood.”

Father Chadwick, a Glen Rock native, attended both Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University and the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  He was ordained a priest for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1995.  After an initial summer assignment as a Parochial Vicar at St. Michael’s Parish in Palisades Park, he continued his studies in Rome through the Pontifical North American College, earning a Bachelor in Sacred Theology from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, and Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology degrees from the Pontificio Ateneo San Anselmo.

Upon his return to the Archdiocese in 1996, Father Chadwick served as Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove and St. Agnes Church in Clark.   From 2006 to 2009, Father Chadwick was assigned to the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH as Director of Formation for Pre-Theology, and Director of Liturgy.   In addition, he taught theology classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels, specializing in courses on liturgy and sacramental theology. 

Since 2009, Father Chadwick has served as Archdiocesan Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program, and since 2011 has been Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.  In addition, he is a member of the Formation Faculty and Director of Liturgy at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

He has served the Archdiocese as a member of the Theological Commission and is currently a member of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.
Father Miller, a Hoboken native, earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seton Hall University, and was ordained for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1972 after completing his studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary.   Between 1972 and 1988, he was assigned as a Parochial Vicar at St. Agnes Church, Clark, St. Anne Church, Jersey City, and St. Thomas More Church, Fairfield.

In 1988, he was named Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Editor of Soul Magazine, and Rector of the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Washington, NJ. After completing his doctoral studies in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Father Miller taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY, and served on the faculty of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Immediately prior to his return to the Archdiocese to begin his service as Spiritual Director at St. Andrew’s College Seminary, Father Miller was Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Father Miller is known to EWTN audiences for his series on the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and on the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. His latest book, published by Ignatius Press, is entitled, The Grace of Ars.

Currently, 158 seminarians are studying for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary and St. Andrew College Seminary.   An additional 169 clergy, Religious Brothers and Sisters, candidates for the permanent diaconate and lay men and women are pursuing academic degrees and certificates at Seton Hall University’s School of Theology, conducted through Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Immaculate Conception Seminary has been training men for the Catholic priesthood since 1861.

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