Bishop Bernard Hebda
Bishop Bernard Hebda
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, Mich., 54, to be coadjutor archbishop of Newark, N.J.

As coadjutor, he would automatically succeed Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, 72, upon his retirement or death. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope at age 75.

Archbishop Myers has headed the archdiocese since 2001. Archbishop Hebda, a native of Pittsburgh, was ordained bishop of Gaylord Dec. 1, 2009.

The appointment was announced Sept. 24 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The four-county Newark Archdiocese has 1.4 million Catholics out of a total population of about 2.9 million people