Pope names Caribbean missionary as new Miami auxiliary bishop
 Bishop-elect Peter Baldacchino at the press conference in Miami on Feb. 20, 2014. Credit: Archdiocese of Miami.
Bishop-elect Peter Baldacchino at the press conference in Miami on Feb. 20, 2014. Credit: Archdiocese of Miami.

.- Pope Francis has appointed a new auxiliary bishop for Miami: Malta-born Monsignor Peter Baldacchino, an Archdiocese of Newark priest who has served for more than a decade as a missionary in the Caribbean.

Bishop Baldacchino voiced gratitude to the Pope for the Feb. 20 appointment, saying, “I look forward to serving the Archdiocese of Miami and to work with His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Wenski.”

“Pray for me. I am praying for you,” the bishop-designate said at a Feb. 20 press conference, which he addressed in English and in Spanish.

Miami’s Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski praised the bishop-designate.

“As a priest he has worked not as a bureaucrat but as a pastor, not in ivory towers but in the trenches,” the archbishop said. “Bishop-elect Baldacchino has in his priesthood lived out the vocation to be a ‘missionary disciple’ bringing God and therefore joy to the people he has been sent to serve.”

The bishop-designate was born in Sliema, Malta, on Dec. 5, 1960. During philosophy studies at the University of Malta, he became interested in the Neocatechumenal Way, a catechetical apostolate dedicated to Catholic renewal. He then explored his vocation to the priesthood in Newark, N.J., the Archdiocese of Miami said.

He studied at Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary and lived in community at the Neocatechumenal Way’s Redemptoris Mater Missionary House of Formation in Kearny, N.J. He received a master’s degree in divinity from Seton Hall University.

He was ordained a priest for the Newark archdiocese in 1996, after which he served as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, N.J.

In 1999, he was assigned to the Our Lady of Divine Providence Mission in the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. He served as chancellor of the independent mission and also served as pastor of Our Lady of Divine Providence Church on the island of Providenciales.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named the priest a Chaplain to His Holiness, with the honorary title of Reverend Monsignor.

He is fluent in Maltese, Italian and English.

Archbishop Wenski noted that the bishop-designate’s work in reaching out to Hispanic and Haitian immigrants has equipped him well to serve in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Bishop-designate Baldacchino will be the tenth auxiliary bishop to serve the Archdiocese of Miami and its only auxiliary bishop in active ministry.

The archdiocese has 1.3 million Catholics across three counties. The archdiocese’s 108 parishes and missions celebrate Mass in 17 languages. The archdiocese has 57 Catholic schools.

Archbishop Wenski said he, Bishop-designate Baldacchino and the other clergy and faithful of the archdiocese wish to advance the “new evangelization” in south Florida.

“We wish to invite everyone to know Jesus Christ – for to be a Christian is not a burden but a gift,” the archbishop said. “To have encountered Jesus Christ in his Church is the best thing that has ever happened to us. To share him with others is our joy. ‘Where God is, there is joy.’”

Archbishop Wenski will ordain Bishop-designate Baldacchino to the episcopacy in March.

Tags: Bishop Appointment

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »


Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: