Pope Francis Appoints Three New Auxiliary Bishops for New York


As the first Catholic college for women in New York state, The College of New Rochelle joins in congratulating three longtime pastors for their appointments as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of New York.

The three, appointed by Pope Francis, will assist Cardinal Timothy Dolan in caring for the pastoral, educational, and charitable needs of the second-largest archdiocese in the United States.

Bishop-designate John Jenik, 70, is the pastor of Our Lady of Refuge parish in the Bronx. Bishop-designate John O'Hara, 68, is director of "Making All Things New," a pastoral planning initiative of the archdiocese and is former pastor of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus parish on Staten Island. Bishop-designate Peter Byrne, 62, is pastor of Saint Elizabeth’s parish in Manhattan.

"All three bishops-designate are seasoned pastors of the archdiocese," said Cardinal Dolan, "with years of acclaimed ministry in all areas of the archdiocese."

Cardinal Dolan noted that Monsignor Jenik and Father Byrne have lived and served most of their priesthood in Hispanic parishes. "They will be especially attentive, I know, to the needs of this ever-growing community."

Bishop-designate Jenik was born in Manhattan. He was ordained in 1970 studied Spanish language and culture at Catholic University of Ponce in Puerto Rico. He has served at Saint Jerome's parish, Saint Thomas Aquinas parish, and Our Lady of Refuge parish, all in the Bronx. He was named him a Monsignor in 1995 and was appointed vicar for the northwest Bronx in 2006 by Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop-emeritus.

Bishop-designate O'Hara is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1984 by Cardinal John O'Connor after working in the field of journalism. He has served at Saint Augustine's parish in New City, and in Staten Island, at Saint Charles parish and Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus parish. He has led Making All Things New since 2013.

Bishop-designate Byrne, a Manhattan native, was ordained in 1984 by Cardinal O'Connor and has served at Holy Family parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas parish in the Bronx; Immaculate Conception parish and Saint John the Baptist parish in Staten Island; and at Saint Elizabeth parish in Manhattan since 2013. He is fluent in Spanish.

The bishops-designate, whose appointments were announced on June 14, will be ordained as bishops on August 4 in Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Cardinal Dolan will be the principal celebrant and consecrating bishop. He will be joined by current auxiliary bishops Bishop Gerald T. Walsh and Bishop Domenick Lagonegro, who will serve as co-consecrators.

(Photo: From left, bishops-designate John O'Hara, John Jenik, and Peter Byrne. Courtesy New York Archdiocese)