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Mass of Thanksgiving

Members of Paterson Diocese, Nation, World Celebrate

Bishop Rodimer's 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Paterson - The Cathedral of Saint John The Baptist - (above) Bishop Frank J Rodimer, elevation of the host at consecration. (right) Jack Gribbon, of Morris Twp. a member of The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus from the Diocese of Paterson, with sword drawn to salute Bishop Frank J. Rodimer. (below) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer with visiting Bishops and classmates, offering a sign of peace.

Photos By Joe Gigli

PATERSON The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was filled with more than 500 guests on Saturday, May 19 who gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Bishop of Paterson Frank J. Rodimer.

 Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Rodimer were Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, representative of Pope John Paul II to the United States; Archbishop Renato Martino, papal observer to the United Nations; Archbishop Domenico DeLuca, papal representative to Morocco; and many other prelates from Newark, Philadelphia, Delaware, Mississippi and Nebraska.

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Paterson - The Cathedral of Saint John The Baptist - A Celebration of the Eucharist on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Priesthood of The Most Reverend Frank Joseph Rodimer, Bishop of Paterson. (above left) Presbyterate join the bishop during the recessional. (above right) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer and concelebrants, liturgy of the Eucharist. (right) (l-r) Bishop William R. Houck, of Jackson Mississippi; Titular Archbishop of Segerme Renato R. Martino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; Titular Archbishop of Celene Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; and Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, Bishop of Paterson.

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Also in attendance were a host of priests, deacons, seminarians and religious from almost every parish in the three counties that comprise the Paterson Diocese Morris, Sussex and Passaic. A luncheon followed the Mass at the Hanover Marriott in East Hanover.

 Students of Morris Catholic High School in Denville accompanied the Bishop as altar servers and lectors. The Mass was recorded then aired Sunday at 5:30 a.m. on "The Sunday Mass on TV" on Channel 5, and throughout cable stations in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

 "When I was ordained, there was an implicit assumption that priests were set apart from everyone else," said Bishop Rodimer during his homily. "Over the years, we became more aware of the truth that Jesus calls us to be servants and to collaborate with those we serve, recognizing their gifts and challenging them to use their gifts, as St. Paul says, for the common good. 'The Son of Man comes not to be served, but to serve,' Jesus said, and, after washing their feet, told his disciples to do what he did. Serving people is what Jesus did, and doing what Jesus did is a privilege."

 Bishop Rodimer was born and raised in Rockaway. His home parish is St. Cecelia's. Prior to his ordination, he attended Seton Hall Prep School, South Orange, St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md.; St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore; Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington; and Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

 He received the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University, and returned there after his ordination for graduate studies. He received his doctorate in Canon Law in 1954. In June 1954, he was appointed assistant chancellor of the diocese and secretary of the Diocesan Tribunal. In November 1959, he served as a diocesan representative on the editorial board of The Advocate, the weekly newspaper of the Newark Archdiocese.

 Bishop Rodimer was appointed diocesan chancellor in December 1964. When Bishop Lawrence Casey resigned as the Bishop of Paterson for health reasons in June 1977, the then Msgr. Frank Rodimer was elected by the Board of Consultors to be the administrator of the diocese. He held this position until his appointment as the sixth Bishop of Paterson on Dec. 13, 1977.

 Highlighted here will be only a small sample of some of his activities and accomplishments since his appointment as bishop.

 Since he was ordained a bishop, Bishop Rodimer has written a weekly column for the diocesan newspaper, the Beacon, where he addresses topics of current interest, as well as issues of faith and worship.

 On Dec. 9, 1987, the Paterson Diocese celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark this special event, Bishop Rodimer commissioned a full-scale history of the Catholic Church in northwest New Jersey beginning with the church's infancy in the 18th century and carrying through to the present. This book is entitled "Living Stones."

 Now serving for more than 23 years as the Bishop of Paterson, Bishop Rodimer has visited Rome five times to present the Diocese of Paterson's Ad Limina (state of the diocese/progress) report to the Holy Father. His latest papal visit was March 1998.

 Last year, he led the people and parishes of the diocese in a major capital campaign known as Prepare the Way. On a campaign goal of $40 million, more than $64 million has been pledged to the work of the diocese and its 111 parishes to strengthen the Church of Paterson in the third millennium. This generous response is the largest sum ever pledged to a diocesan capital campaign in the history of the state.

Photos By Joe Gigli

(above) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, passes by Sgt. Troy Oswald, of the Paterson Police Color Guard, as he enters the Cathedral. (right) Bishops from many denominations were in attendance. (below) The Most Reverend Frank J. Rodimer, Bishop of Paterson, enters the Cathedral. The Diocese of Paterson is supported by Morris, Sussex and Passaic Counties.

(left) The Presentation of Gifts was celebrated by family members (l-r) Sister-in-law Mrs. Julia Rodimer; Brother Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Lou Rodimer.

(right) Jennifer Rodimer, niece of Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, during the first reading. (lower right) Music Coordinator and Master of the Anniversary Choir, Claudia Nardi, from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Morristown. The Anniversary Choir members representing different parishes in the Diocese of Paterson included Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Morristown; Our Lady of Mercy, Whippany; Notre Dame of Mount Carmel, Cedar Knolls; Hispanic Music Ministry of the Cathedral of Saint John The Baptist, Paterson; and Hispanic Music Ministry of Saint Anthony of Padua, Passaic.

(above) Bishops and concelebrants during the Liturgy of Eucharist. (right) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, distributing Holy Communion.

(left) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, giving his homily. (right) The elevation of the cup at consecration.

(lower left) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, and Seminarians as alter servers. (lower Right) Presbyterate join Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, during the recessional.

(above left) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer; and Monsignor George F. Hundt leave the Cathedral.  (above center) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer receives the Papal Commendation from Titular Archbishop of Celene Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. (right) Bishop Frank J. Rodimer before the Mass of Thanksgiving.

(above) Second from right Monsignor Mark J. Giordani, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. (right) The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Monsignor Sheerin Assembly, Morristown; (l-r) Jim Allen; Jack Gribbon; Ed DallaValle; John Anzul; Paul J. Walker; and Jim Allen Jr. stand guard in front of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Paterson.

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