NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who had been serving as bishop of Gaylord, in northern Michigan, as coadjutor archbishop of Newark.
As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda “possesses the right of succession” in the Archdiocese of Newark, according to canon law. This means he will be automatically appointed archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of the incumbent, Archbishop John Myers, who is now 72.
“Today’s news that the Holy Father has named me the coadjutor archbishop of Newark brings with it the sadness of having to leave the Diocese of Gaylord,” Archbishop Hebda wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to the people of the Diocese of Gaylord.
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