|The Most Reverend
Bernard Anthony Hebda
|Coadjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark|
|See||Coadjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark|
|In office||November 5, 2013–present|
|Predecessor||none; position created by Pope on an as-needed basis|
|Ordination||July 1, 1989
by Donald William Wuerl
by Allen Henry Vigneron
September 3, 1959 |
|Previous post||Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord; Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts|
|Coat of arms|
Bernard Anthony Hebda (born September 3, 1959) is the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, in Newark, New Jersey, where he will assist and eventually succeed Archbishop John J. Myers. He formerly served as the fourth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. He was consecrated as a Bishop and installed as Bishop of Gaylord on December 1, 2009 at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Gaylord. He had previously served as Undersecretary (third in charge) of the Pontifical Council for of Legislative Texts, an agency of the Roman Curia in charge of the correct interpretation of the laws of the Catholic Church, especially Canon Law.
Early life and education
Hebda was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1959 in the community of Brookline. He attended South Hills Catholic High School (now Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, and then attended Harvard University, earning a BA in 1980 in Political Science. He later earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School at the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law in 1983.
He entered the seminary and studied philosophy at the Saint Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1985. He was sent to Rome, where he resided at the Pontifical North American College and attended the Pontifical Gregorian University, obtaining a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1985–1988) and then a licentiate in Canon Law (1988–1990).
Ordination and early career
He was ordained a priest on July 1, 1989 for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where he held the following positions: assistant priest at the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Ellwood City (1989), personal secretary of the then-Bishop of Pittsburgh, Donald Wuerl and Master of Ceremonies (1990–1992), and pastor in solidum at the Prince of Peace Parish in Pittsburgh (South Side) (1992–1995), Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal (1992–1996), and Director of the Newman Center at Slippery Rock University (1995–1996).
He was called to Rome to work at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts on September 10, 1996. On February 16, 2000 he was appointed as a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title Monsignor. From 2003 he served as under-secretary of the Pontifical Council.
In Rome, Hebda was also an adjunct spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College and confessor to the Missionaries of Charity. He lived at the Villa Stritch, a residence for American priests working in the Holy See.
Hebda presided at Vespers at the Pontifical North American College on October 16, 2009. During the banquet that followed the liturgy, the College community presented him with a pectoral cross and crosier.
Besides English, he speaks Italian and knows Latin, French, and Spanish.
Bishop of Gaylord
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Religious style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
With Hebda's appointment, a record seven Pittsburghers now lead US dioceses, including Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C., David Zubik of Pittsburgh, Thomas Tobin of Providence, Paul Bradley of Kalamazoo and Edward J. Burns of Juneau. Hebda was consecrated a bishop and installed on December 1, 2009 at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Gaylord.
Hebda was welcomed with a special Mass on November 5, 2013 in Newark.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan
- Bishop Bernard Anthony Hebda from Catholic Hierarchy.org
- "Gaylord's new bishop coming from Pittsburgh". Detroit News. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07. "The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Wednesday announced Pope Benedict XVI's appointment of Monsignor Bernard Hebda as bishop in Gaylord, Mich. Church officials in Michigan have not immediately announced plans for his ordination and installation as bishop."[dead link]
|Catholic Church titles|
Patrick R. Cooney
|Bishop of Gaylord
October 7, 2009–November 5, 2013
TBD; vacant see (sede vacante)