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Pope Names Three New Jersey Priests as Auxiliary Bishops of Archdiocese of Newark

One Is Abbot President of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation

Pope Francis has appointed three New Jersey priests as Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Newark.

According to the resignations and appointments section of the Holy See Press Office’s ordinary bulletin today, Feb. 27, the Holy Father named Msgr. Gregory Studerus, Benedictine Father Elias Lorenzo and Father Michael Saporito to the new roles.

Bishop-designate Studerus, already clergy of the same Archdiocese, until now has been serving as Episcopal Vicar of the Hudson County and Parish Priest of the Saint Joseph of the Palisades Parish in West New York.

Likewise, Bishop-designate Saporito already serves the archdiocese, and has been serving as parish priest of Saint Helen Parish in Westfield.

Bishop-designate Lorenzo, abbot president of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation, is a monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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