By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Pope Francis has appointed three New Jersey priests as Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Newark.

According to the resignations and appointments section of the Holy See Press Office’s ordinary bulletin today, Feb. 27, the Holy Father named Msgr. Gregory Studerus, Benedictine Father Elias Lorenzo and Father Michael Saporito to the new roles.

Bishop-designate Studerus, already clergy of the same Archdiocese, until now has been serving as Episcopal Vicar of the Hudson County and Parish Priest of the Saint Joseph of the Palisades Parish in West New York.

Likewise, Bishop-designate Saporito already serves the archdiocese, and has been serving as parish priest of Saint Helen Parish in Westfield.

Bishop-designate Lorenzo, abbot president of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation, is a monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey.

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