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Catholic University of America president named bishop

June 04, 2010

The Holy See Press Office announed on June 4 that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father David O’Connell as coadjutor bishop of Trenton (New Jersey). The Vincentian priest, who has served as president of Catholic University of America since 1998, will succeed Bishop John Smith, who turns 75 on June 23.

Father O’Connell had announced last October that he would resign his university presidency in 2010. The Cardinal Newman Society has praised Father O’Connell for his fidelity to Ex Corde Ecclesiae and for the steps he has taken to enhance the university’s Catholic identity.


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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Jun. 05, 2010 12:05 AM ET USA

    Slowly but surely, we are getting strong bishops who will defend the faith.

  • Posted by: opraem - Jun. 04, 2010 12:47 PM ET USA

    he's a great choice. the folks in trenton should be very happy.