At Roman Noon this Tuesday, the Pope named Bishop Dennis Sullivan – the 67 year-old vicar-general of the 2.5 million-member Gotham church – as the eighth head of the six-county, 530,000-member fold, which stretches from one of the nation’s most violent cities across scores of suburbs and over a farm country with a burgeoning Hispanic population before, of course, ending at Delaware Bay and the southern half of the Jersey Shore.
A New York auxiliary since 2004, the Bronx-born Sullivan succeeds the venerable Bishop Joseph Galante, who’s led the diocese since that same year, his resignation accepted six months ahead of the canonical age of 75 for reasons of health.
Amid several years of physical difficulties, Galante has spent several days a week in dialysis treatment since late 2011.
There’s much more over at Rocco’s joint.
From the Archdiocese of New York biography:
On May 29, 1971, Bishop Sullivan was ordained to the priesthood by Terence Cardinal Cooke at the Cathedral of St. Patrick.Before long, Bishop Sullivan traveled to the Dominican Republic to learn Spanish as a way of assisting the growing population of Hispanic immigrants who were arriving in New York.Bishop Sullivan attended the Dominican Institute for Pastoral Adaptation in Muca, and the Dominican Republic & Mission Experience in Tenares, Dominican Republic.
From 1971 to 1981, Bishop Sullivan was appointed Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Elizabeth, the Church of the Ascension in New York City, and the Church of St. Phillip and James in the Bronx.In 1982, Bishop Sullivan was appointed Pastor of the Church of St. Teresa in New York City and in 1999 he was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness.After twenty-one years at the Church of St. Teresa, Bishop Sullivan was then appointed as Pastor to the Church of Sts. John and Paul in Larchmont, New York in 2004. He is currently the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York.