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Pope Names CUA President Bishop

Friday, June 4, 2010  
Posted by: Katie Richards
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Pope Benedict XVI has named Vincentian Father David O’Connell,  President of The Catholic University of America, coadjutor bishop of Trenton, New Jersey.  As coadjutor, Bishop-elect O’Connell will automatically succeed Bishop John M. Smith of Trenton upon his retirement.

David O’Connell was born in Philadelphia and ordained a priest for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) on May 29, 1982, in Northampton.  Fr. O’Connell received a Licentiate of Canon Law (J.C.L.) and Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Fr. O'Connell has been an Active member of the Society since 1986.

Fr. O'Connell has served as President of The Catholic University of America from 1998-2010 , and  has also served as an ecclesiastical judge and canonical advisor in numerous dioceses. He is also an advisor to committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a consultant to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education.

He has chosen as his episcopal motto "Ministrare non ministrari," the Latin text of St. Mark's Gospel (10: 45) meaning "to serve and not to be served." Bishop-elect O'Connell explained, "This was the text used at Mass during my ordination as a priest. It hit me in such a powerful way that I never forgot it."

His episcopal ordination will take place in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton on Aug. 6, 2010, at 2 p.m. He has asked Bishop Smith to be his consecrator, assisted by co-consecrators Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey's metropolitan archbishop, and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, chancellor of The Catholic University of America.

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