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August 29, 2014

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Nydegger, Andreano Named Vicars General of Archdiocese

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, today announced that he has appointed Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Nydegger, currently pastor of St. Philomena Parish, Livingston and Executive Director of the Office of Clergy Personnel, to the curial post of Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark.

He will assume the duties currently fulfilled by The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, SDV, DD, whom Pope Francis named Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River, MA on July 3.

Archbishop Myers also announced that he has also appointed Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Andreano, KCHS, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, to the additional curial post of Vicar General.

The appointments are effective Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

As Vicars General, Msgr. Nydegger and Msgr. Andreano, along with Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, are the principal deputies of Archbishop Myers for the exercise of administrative authority within the Archdiocese.   As vicars of the Archbishop, Vicars General exercise the Archbishop's ordinary executive power over the entire Archdiocese.

In addition to this role, Msgr. Nydegger’s duties as Moderator of the Curia will include day-to-day direction of the administrative agencies and departments of the Archdiocese and the supervision of the members of the Archdiocesan Curia. 

Msgr. Thomas Nydegger, ordained for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1992, has served in parish ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Secaucus, and St. Philomena Parish, Livingston.   He has also served as Secretary to Archbishop McCarrick; as Archdiocesan Vocations Director; as Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia; as Vice Rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University; as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Seton Hall University; as a Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese and Director of Formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary.     In addition, he has served as a member of the Presbyteral Council, Archdiocesan Vocations Board, and Advisory Committee for Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.     St. Pope John Paul II named Msgr. Nydegger a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2005.

Msgr. Michael Andreano, ordained for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 2000, has served in parish ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Newark and Holy Family Parish, Nutley.  He has also served as Secretary to Archbishop John Myers; as Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia; as a Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese; as Archdiocesan Director of Pontifical Liturgies; and as Interim Executive Director of Clergy Personnel.  In addition, he has served as a member of the Archdiocesan Vocations Board, Presbyteral Council, Archdiocesan Finance Council, and Advisory Committee on Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests; and as a member of the Board of Overseers of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.  A Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Andreano a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2009.

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