Bishop-designate Cruz, 54, is currently the archdiocesan director for health pastoral care.
Manuel Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1953. He moved with his parents to the United States in 1966. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seton Hall University.
He studied at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in New Jersey, where he earned a master’s degree in sacred Scripture. At the time of his ordination in 1980, Cruz was the first Cuban-born priest ordained in the archdiocese.
After five years of working in a parish, Father Cruz was named chaplain at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark and later director of pastoral care.
He was named a monsignor in 2000.
In 2003, the monsignor was named director of the archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Care, in which he directs chaplain and pastoral care services at all hospitals and medical centers within the archdiocese.
Bishop-elect Cruz also serves as vice president of the Mission and Ministry for Catholic Health and Human Services, the health care and social services arm of the archdiocese.