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CUA president appointed bishop of Trenton

The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, outgoing president of Catholic University of America, has been appointed coadjutor bishop of Trenton, N.J., by Pope Benedict XVI, the university announced Friday.

O'Connell's 12th year as president of Catholic will be his last. He is credited with rebuilding the spirit of traditional Catholicism at the university, and he hosted the pope on campus in spring 2008.

Catholic is the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and reports directly to the Vatican.


As coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, O'Connell will succeed the Most Rev. John Mortimer Smith when the pope "accepts his resignation as required by canon law," at a date to be determined, according to a release from Catholic.

O'Connell holds a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from Catholic. Bishop Smith, too, holds a doctorate in canon law from Catholic, earned in 1966.

"I am deeply humbled by the Holy Father's confidence in me and feel extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the Church," O'Connell said in the statement. He said it is close to his family home in Langhorne, Penn.

The Diocese of Trenton has 805,000 Catholics and 113 parishes in central New Jersey.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 4, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags: Bishop of Trenton, CUA president O'Connell, David O'Connell, John Mortimer Smith, O'Connell Pope bishop  
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Great news. As a CUA graduate, I hope he schools the Catholics in New Jersey on the evils of abortion and gets them to move into full communion with the Church...and that doesn't mean voting for pro-choice candidates as has been the tradition in Jersey. Vivat Jesu!

Posted by: danminter | June 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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