John Croneberger

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The Right Reverend
John Palmer Croneberger
Bishop Emeritus of Newark
Church Episcopal Church in the United States of America
See Episcopal Diocese of Newark
In office 2000 — 2007
Predecessor John Shelby Spong
Successor Mark M. Beckwith
Consecration November 21, 1998
by Arthur, Bishop Suffragan of Ohio and Vice President of the House of Bishops
Personal details
Previous post Rector, Tenafly, New Jersey

John Palmer Croneberger (born August 25, 1938) is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. He was formerly the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey).


Croneberger was serving as rector at the Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, New Jersey in June 1998 when he was elected as Bishop of Newark. He was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor on November 21 of the same year.[1][2] Croneberger succeeded Bishop John Shelby Spong on February 26, 2000 in an installation ceremony at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark.

As diocesan bishop, he continued Spong's agenda of radical inclusion. Croneberger directed the creation of an established liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships, oversaw the massive diocesan response to the September 11 attacks, and brought Christ Hospital in Jersey City back under diocesan control.[citation needed] On accepting homosexual practice by Anglicans, Croneberger said:[3]

"Supporting" inclusion "may be more important than unity within the worldwide Anglican communion."

Croneberger also established a Canon for Congregational Development who is helping churches with the challenging task of planning for the future.[citation needed]

On April 6, 2005, he announced his intention to retire in January 2007, citing the health of his wife, Marilyn.[4]

The diocese held a special convention to elect his successor on September 23, 2006. Mark Beckwith, the rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, was elected on the third ballot.[5]

Croneberger has since become an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bethlehem.[6]


  1. ^ New York Times, June 7, 1998 "Episcopalians Pick Successor For Bishop" (AP) Abstract retrieved from [1] on August 30, 2006
  2. ^ The Bishop of Newark home page Archived 2006-09-05 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on August 30, 2006
  3. ^ Harmon, Kendall. 2005. The Guardian, February 19, 2005 [2] Anglicanism at the crossroads. Also at Kendall Harmon's blog. Retrieved on August 30, 2006.
  4. ^ Bishop Croneberger's Letter Announcing a Call for the Election of the Tenth Bishop of Newark Archived 2006-07-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Also at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2006-08-30. . Retrieved on August 30, 2006
  5. ^ Notice Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. of Special Convention to Elect the 10th Bishop. Retrieved on August 30, 2006.
  6. ^ The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem Team Directory

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