Spiritual Leader Monsignor Gerard McCarren Appointed Acting Rector and Dean of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Archdiocese of Newark and Seton Hall University announced that Bishop Gerard McCarren, STD, will begin a one-year term July 1 as acting rector and dean of the school of theology. of the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall. Bishop McCarren is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Spiritual Director of the Seminary.

Bishop Joseph Reilly, STL, Ph.D., will complete his term as Rector and Dean of the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology on June 30. After the departure of Monsignor Reilly, he will begin a sabbatical year during which he will renew his vocation with studies, travels, reflection and professional administrative development.

“Archbishop McCarren is a highly respected priest, theologian and spiritual director of seminary, with excellent and relevant experiences that will enable him to continue our vital mission of supporting our seminarians as they discern God’s call to the priesthood,” said said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark. “I am confident that he will guide men closer to Christ our Redeemer and prepare them to be good shepherds who will care for the flocks that will ultimately be entrusted to them. I am grateful to him for having graciously accepted to join us in the archdiocese as acting rector and dean of the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.

Bishop McCarren is a well-known scholar of Saint John Henry Newman and served on the board of the Newman Association of America from 2001 to 2016. In addition to his work at Seton Hall, he has taught and provided spiritual direction to the Institute. for priestly formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

His multi-faceted experiences in priestly formation, his deep knowledge of theology and his esteemed reputation among priests and seminarians made Bishop McCarren a clear choice for this interim appointment. During its interim year, the University and the Archdiocese will continue the ongoing search for the next rector and full-time dean of the seminary.

“We thank Bishop Reilly for his service in priestly formation for two decades. In 10 years as rector and dean, he cultivated an exceptional training faculty while carrying out several development projects, including the seminary chapel. Perhaps most importantly, the seminary under his direction trained dozens of young men to serve the people of God as priests and deacons,” said Seton Hall University President Joseph E. Nyre.

After his sabbatical year, Bishop Reilly will assume his new role as Vice-Rector for Studies and Catholic Identity, and will continue to embed the University’s Catholic identity ever more deeply into academics – especially into local and international initiatives and academic programs that make Seton Hall an icon of Catholic education around the world.

“The University and Archdiocese of Newark are fortunate to count Bishop Reilly and McCarren among the servants of Christ who enrich our spiritual lives. We pray for their success in fulfilling these new responsibilities,” Cardinal Tobin and President Nyre said.

One of the nation’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, academic excellence by Seton Hall has been recognized by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seton Hall, which welcomes students from all faiths, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in the suburb of South Orange, New Jersey, and just 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of opportunities for employment, internships, culture and entertainment. A new independent economic analysis from the University found that Seton Hall has a significant impact on New Jersey’s economy, totaling more than $1.6 billion annually and creating and maintaining nearly 10,000 jobs. The university’s nationally recognized law school is prominently located in downtown Newark. The university’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, NJ opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus is home to Seton Hall’s College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

The Archdiocese of Newark, under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., sixth Archbishop of Newark, serves approximately 1.3 million Catholics in 212 parishes and 73 schools in the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Syndicate. The Archdiocese serves the northern New Jersey community through faith, education, and social services. To learn more, visit www.rcan.org.

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