.- This morning Pope John Paul II appointed Msgr. Joseph Robert Cistone, Vicar of the diocese, and Msgr. Joseph Patrick McFadden, pastor of St. Joseph’s in Downingtown, as Auxiliary bishops of Philadelphia.
Msgr. Cistone was born on May 18, 1949 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). He went to elementary school at Our Lady of Consolation Parish and High school at Father Judge High School, then studied philosophy and theology at the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
He was ordained a priest on May 17, 1975 and served as Vicar and pastor in several parishes and Director of Formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. From 1993 to 1998 he was assistant to the Vicar of Administration and since 1998 Vicar of Administration.
He has also been Chaplain at the Community College (1982-1987), member of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, of the Presbyteral Council and of the Priest Personnel Board. Since March 14 1998 he has been a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness.
Msgr. McFadden was born on May 22, 1947 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). He studied at Saint Joseph University and was a teacher at several Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1969 to 1976, when he entered the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He was ordained a priest on May 16, 1981 and served as vicar in several parishes, as well as personal secretary to Cardinal John J. Krol. From 1993 to 2001 was director of the Cardinal O’Hara High School and pastor of Saint Joseph Parish at Downingtown since 2001.
He has also been director of the Archdiocesan pilgrimages to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC and Chaplain of the Serra Club (1992-1993). Since 1993 he has been Spiritual Director at the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Since May 29, 1991 he has been Prelate of Honor of His Holiness.