Bishop Rodimer 25th Anniversary

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25 Years as Shepherd of Paterson Diocese

PATERSON Bishop Frank J. Rodimer was the presiding celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Saturday, March 1 marking the 25th anniversary of his ordination as the sixth bishop of the Paterson Diocese. The cathedral was filled to a standing-room-only crowd that included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., former archbishop of Newark; Archbishop John Myers, the cardinal's successor; Bishops Nicholas DiMarzio of Camden; Paul Bootkoski of Metuchen; Andrew Pataki of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic; and Auxiliary Bishops David Arias and Charles McDonald of Newark.

Photo By Joe Gigli

Bishop Rodimer
Celebrates 25 Years

Photos By Joe Gigli

PATERSON Bishop Frank J. Rodimer was the presiding celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Saturday, March 1 marking the 25th anniversary of his ordination as the sixth bishop of the Paterson Diocese.

Passaic, Sussex and Morris Counties make up the Paterson Diocese. There are four other Catholic dioceses in New Jersey Newark, Camden, Metuchen and Trenton.

 The cathedral was filled to a

standing-room-only crowd that included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., former archbishop of Newark; Archbishop John Myers, the cardinal's successor; Bishops Nicholas DiMarzio of Camden;

Paul Bootkoski of Metuchen; Andrew Pataki of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic; and Auxiliary Bishops David Arias and Charles McDonald of Newark.

 There were also 300 diocesan and visiting priests who served as Mass concelebrants.

 This special occasion is not about me, it's about all of us who have joined together to do God's work, said

Bishop Rodimer.

 Adding a touch of family sentiment to the Mass were some of the bishop's 12 nieces and nephews who served as lectors. He also has 32 grandnieces and grandnephews.

 Following the Mass was a reception for some 700 guests in the Bishop Frank J. Rodimer Center adjacent to the cathedral. Many of the guests, in addition to family members and friends of course, were priests, sisters, parish representatives and diocesan agency heads.

 As soon as the bishop's retirement is finalized by Pope John Paul II, he plans to spend more time with his family and enjoy some outdoor time playing golf.

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