Two new auxiliary bishops for Philadelphia

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.

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