Arthur J. Serratelli
|Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli|
|Bishop of Paterson|
|In office||July 6, 2004 — present|
|Predecessor||Frank Joseph Rodimer|
April 18, 1944 |
Newark, New Jersey
Serratelli was born in Newark, New Jersey and attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Ironbound section of Newark. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1961. He attended Seton Hall University for two years, then moved to the Darlington section of Mahwah, New Jersey where the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology was located. After two years of Philosophical studies, Serratelli was sent to Rome where he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University and resided at the Pontifical North American College.
Ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1968, Serratelli worked in a parish for a short period of time and then was appointed to teach at the seminary. Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety sent him back to Rome where he attained two advanced degrees, an S.T.D. (Doctorate in Sacred Theology) and an S.S.L. (Licentiate in Sacred Scripture).
Serratelli returned to the Archdiocese of Newark after completing his degrees and continued to teach scripture at Seton Hall University School of Theology for over 20 years. Serratelli also held other positions during this time, including rector of the College division of the Immaculate Conception Seminary at St. Andrew's Hall. Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor and he received the title of Monsignor in 1998.
While serving in the Archdiocese of Newark, he was a member of the following Archdiocesan consultative bodies:
- The College of Consultors
- The Commission for the Men's Apostolate
- The Archdiocesan Finance Council
- The Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council
- The Priestly Vocations Board.
On July 3, 2000, Pope John Paul II named Serratelli an Auxiliary Bishop of Newark with the Titular See of Enera. He was consecrated a bishop on September 8, 2000 (the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary) by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, with co-consecrating bishops Michael Angelo Saltarelli and Paul Gregory Bootkoski). After his consecration, Serratelli was appointed the vicar for Essex County. When McCarrick was transferred to the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and John J. Myers, formerly Bishop of Peoria, Illinois became the new Archbishop of Newark, Serratelli was appointed the Archdiocesan Vicar General.
On June 1, 2004, Pope John Paul II accepted the retirement of Frank J. Rodimer from his position as Bishop of Paterson, and appointed Serratelli as his successor as the Seventh Bishop of Paterson. Serratelli was installed on July 6 of that year.
As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC, Serratelli as of 2012[update] was Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine's Subcommittee for the Review of Scripture Translations, and a member of The Committee on Divine Worship and its Task Groups on Liturgy with Children, and the Review of the Lectionary.
Previously, Serratelli served as the Chairman of the Committee on Liturgy (later the Committee on Divine Worship)) from 2007 to 2010, and was responsible for announcing the acceptance by the Vatican of changes to the English translation of the Roman Missal, to be implemented throughout the Roman Catholic Church in English-speaking countries on November 27, 2011, the First Sunday of Advent. He was also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Review of the Catechism (later the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis), the Ad Hoc Committee for the Spanish Bible for the Church in America, the Board of Bishops for the American College of Louvain (which closed at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year), and the Committee for Women in the Church and Society (known presently as the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth).
He is a member of:
- The Board of Bishops of the New Jersey Catholic Conference
- The Board of Trustees of Assumption College, Mendham, New Jersey
- The Board of Trustees at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station
- The Board of Trustees at Seton Hall University
- The Board of Overseers at Immaculate Conception Seminary.
He is the chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, and the Catholic co-chairperson, together with the Baptist theologian Paul Fiddes, of the International Theological Consultation between Catholics and Baptists.
Coats of Arms
Bishop Serratelli's Coat of Arms was prepared by the Matthew R. Mauriello of Bridgeport, Connecticut, complete with imagery from his Italian heritage, his identity as a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, his studies in Scripture and his honoring both Pope John Paul II and Archbishop McCarrick. A complete explanation of the coats of arms can be found at the website of the Diocese of Paterson.
|Catholic Church titles|
Frank Joseph Rodimer
|Bishop of Paterson
- Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, accessed March 10, 2011. "Bishop Serratelli attended Ann Street School in Newark and completed his grammar school education at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Newark. He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and Seton Hall University in South Orange."
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