Vatican City, Dec 9, 2016 / 05:21 am
On Friday, the Vatican announced that Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown – who was baptized by the famed Archbishop Fulton Sheen – will be taking the helm in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
"I must…thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last seven-and-a-half years," Bishop Barres said in a Dec. 9 press release announcing his appointment.
"You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my Masses as I remember our days of 'holiness and mission' together."
A native of Larchmont, N.Y., Bishop Barres, 56, has led the Diocese of Allentown since July 2009, and will take over in Rockville Centre for retiring Bishop William Murphy, who has reached the age limit of 75.