December 9, 2016

Pope Francis Names Diocese of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres As Fifth Bishop of Diocese of Rockville Centre

Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., 56, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. Until today, he was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, PA. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.
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Statement from Bishop-designate John O. Barres

As your Shepherd, as a successor of the Apostles, I am so honored and humbled to be able to lay my life down in your service. I so much look forward to being inspired by the holy and missionary priests, religious, deacons, seminarians and entire People of God of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
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Most Reverend John O. Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D. Bishop-designate of Rockville Centre – Biography

On December 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Bishop Barres as the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre, New York. He will be installed on January 31, 2017 in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes.
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