Saturday, October 12, 2019
Pope Francis today appointed two of the archdiocese’s most well-respected priests, Msgr. Edmund J. Whalen, the vicar for clergy, and Msgr. Gerardo L. Colacicco, the pastor of St. Joseph-Immaculate Conception parish in Millbrook, as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of New York.
The appointments were announced by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Cardinal Dolan, thanking the Holy Father for the appointments, said in a statement, “Pope Francis has selected two outstanding priests, both with rich pastoral experience, to serve the people of God of this archdiocese as auxiliary bishops. I look forward to working even more closely with Bishop-elect Colacicco and Bishop-elect Whalen, as they undertake this new role in their priesthood.”
Cardinal Dolan introduced the newly named prelates at a 7 a.m. Mass he celebrated with them in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Also on the altar were New York Auxiliary Bishops John O’Hara and Peter Byrne, Retired Auxiliary Bishop Dominick Lagonegro and Msgr. Robert Ritchie, rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.