The Most Reverend John Walter Flesey, STD was born in Jersey City, NJ on August 6, 1942, the son of Joseph and Mary MacIsaac. He attended St. Aedan’s Grammar School and St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, graduated from St. Peter’s College with a BA in History in 1964, and attended Immaculate Conception Seminary until 1969, when he was ordained.
Father Flesey’s first assignment was to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Plainfield, after which he earned an STL degree in Spiritual Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
He also holds an MS degree in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College and an STB from Catholic University of America
He has served the Archdiocese as a member of the faculty, Rector and Dean, and Spiritual Director of Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, as well as Director of Ongoing Formation for the Priests of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Bishop Flesey was named Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary
Bishop of Newark in May 2004. He currently serves as Regional Bishop of Bergen County and Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Franklin Lakes.