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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Monsignor Joseph C. Bambera named Bishop

  • Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Joseph C. Bambera to be the next Bishop of Scranton.


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  • Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Joseph C. Bambera to be the next Bishop of Scranton.
    The appointment was made at the Vatican and announced in the Diocese of Scranton by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Scranton. The announcement was made Tuesday at a 10 a.m. news conference. This is available for viewing on the Diocesan website, www.dioceseofscranton.org.
    Bishop-elect Bambera will be ordained a Bishop and installed as the tenth Bishop of Scranton on Monday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton.
    Bishop-elect Bambera has been serving as Cardinal Rigali’s Delegate since Aug. 31, when Pope Benedict accepted the retirement of Bishop Joseph F. Martino and appointed Cardinal Rigali as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.
    A native of the Diocese, Bishop-elect Bambera has been a priest since 1983 and has extensive pastoral and administrative experience. He was born in Carbondale, Pa. on March 21, 1956, the son of Irene Kucharski Bambera and the late Joseph Bambera.
    On August 31, 2009, Bishop-elect Bambera was appointed by His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Scranton, to serve as his Delegate in the Diocese following the retirement of Bishop Martino.                      
    Bishop-elect Bambera presently serves as an ex-officio member of the Presbyteral Council and is a member of the College of Diocesan Consultors. In June 2000, he was elected chairman of the Presbyteral Council and re-elected as chairman for a second term in June 2002.
    He is a past member of the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, the Diocesan Seminary Admissions Committee, the Diaconate Advisory Board, the Office of Continuing Education for Priests Advisory Board, the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the Priests’ Retirement Board, the Vocations Advisory Board and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
    He is a past president of the Board of Pastors at the former Bishop Hafey High School, Hazleton and Bishop O’Hara High School, Dunmore. He continues to serve as a Judge on the Diocesan Tribunal and as Defender of the Bond for the Eparchy of St. Maron, Brooklyn.
    In August 2000, Bishop Timlin appointed Bishop-elect Bambera moderator of The Diocesan Annual Appeal for 2001, 2002 and 2003.
    The President and Trustees of the University of Scranton invited Bishop-elect Bambera to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees in April 2003, a position that he maintained until April 2009. In October 2004 he was appointed by Bishop Martino to serve on the Board of Trustees of St. Michael’s School, Hoban Heights.
    Bishop-elect Bambera was made a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in March 1997.
    Timeline for Msgr. Joseph C. Bambera
    • Born in Carbondale, Pa. March 21, 1956
    • Graduated St. Rose of Lima High School, 1974
    • Graduated University of Pittsburgh, 1978
    • Entered St. Pius X Seminary in Dalton, 1978
    Page 2 of 2 - • Graduated Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa., Master of Divinity degree, 1982
    • Ordained to the priesthood November  5, 1983
    • Assistant Pastor, Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, Scranton to Sept. 1987
    • Awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, 1991
    • Appointed Diocesan Director of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs , January 1993
    • Named Vicar for Priests for the Diocese of Scranton, July 1995
    • Served as pastor of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Scranton January 1994 - July 1997
    • Appointed pastor of the Church of St. John Bosco, Conyngham, July 1998
    • Appointed pastor of the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dickson City, July 2001
    • Named Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region of the Diocese of Scranton, June 2005
    • Appointed pastor of the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Archbald, and the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa, Eynon, July 2007
    • Appointed Bishop-Elect by His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali,, August 31, 2009
    • Appointed as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton by Pope Benedict XVI , February 23, 2010
    • Ordination scheduled April 26, 2010.
     

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