December 9, 2016
Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the Appointment of Bishop Barres
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, today released the following statement on the appointment of Bishop John Barres to be the new Bishop of Rockville Centre, succeeding Bishop William Murphy.
“It is a joy to welcome Bishop John Barres ‘back home’ to New York, as Pope Francis has appointed him to become the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Born in the Archdiocese of New York, and baptized by the then Auxiliary Bishop of New York, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Bishop Barres’ New York roots run deep. His pastoral experience, first as a priest in the Diocese of Wilmington, and since 2009 as Bishop of Allentown, will serve him well as he undertakes this new challenge of ministry and service to God’s people on Long Island. I look forward to many years of working closely together with him.
At the same time, I offer my prayerful best wishes and gratitude to Bishop William Murphy, who has been a faithful shepherd, trusted collaborator, and good friend for many years. I know that even though he is retiring from his administrative responsibilities, he will continue to live out his priesthood in new ways.”