Pope Benedict XVI names CUA president  as Coadjutor Bishop of Diocese of Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. – Pope Benedict XVI has named Father David M. O’Connell, C.M., currently the 14th president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, as Coadjutor Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Trenton.

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Father David M. O’Connell named Coadjutor Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Trenton.

The appointment was announced in Washington June 4 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-elect O’Connell, age 55, is a priest of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Vincentians). As Coadjutor, Bishop-elect O’Connell will automatically become head of the four-county Diocese of Trenton when Pope Benedict XVI accepts the resignation of Bishop John M. Smith.  Church law requires that a bishop must submit his resignation on his 75th birthday; Pope Benedict accepts that resignation at a time of his choosing.  Bishop Smith will turn 75 on June 23. It has not been announced when his pending resignation will be accepted.

Bishop-elect O’Connell will be ordained to the episcopacy Aug. 6 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.Bishop Smith will serve as the consecrator, assisted by Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark and Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.