Statement of Bishop David A. Zubik on the Appointment of Archbishop-elect Bernard A. Hebda

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            It was announced this morning that Bishop Bernard A. Hebda, bishop of Gaylord, Michigan, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Bishop Hebda was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1989 and was appointed bishop of Gaylord in 2009. The following statement on the appointment is from Bishop David A. Zubik:

The appointment of yet another Pittsburgh “brother,” Bishop Bernard A. Hebda, as an Archbishop and in one of the largest archdioceses in the country is an additional sign of our beloved diocese as The Church Alive!

Archbishop-elect “Bernie” is an outstanding servant of God’s people. Brilliant, yet humble; focused, yet humorous; popular, yet pious are but a few of the adjectives anyone who knows our Bernard would describe him.

Archbishop-elect Hebda left the Pittsburgh ranks in December 2009 to become the Bishop of Gaylord in Michigan and now prepares to begin his expanded responsibilities as the soon-to-be Archbishop of Newark in New Jersey.

I am certain that all the faithful of the Church of Pittsburgh join me in offering a hearty congratulations and sincerely prayerful best wishes to our native son, now-Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda.

Media Advisory

There are 10 priests from the Pittsburgh region who are current U.S. bishops:

• Bishop Paul Bradley of Kalamazoo, Mich.

• Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska.

• Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas.

• Coadjutor-Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Newark, N.J.

• Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit (retired).

• Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

• Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

• Bishop William Winter of Pittsburgh (retired).

• Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

• Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh.