Bishop Kevin Sweeney smiles when he remembers his reaction to the phone call he received in March of 2020 from a Vatican official, calling to say Pope Francis was naming him the new bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.
Scott Milliken has seen a lot of people come through the doors at the Father English Center’s food pantry during his years as CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, but not like the numbers since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.
The director of food pantries for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson said the number of people coming for food “is just staggering.” “Throughout the last three months, we have helped more people that any time before in our 80-year history,” Carlos Roldan said in a statement July 13.
Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney was ordained a Bishop and installed as the eighth leader of the Diocese of Paterson, N.J.
Father Kevin Sweeney, who has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the eighth bishop of Paterson, New Jersey, will officially assume his new role on July 1.
Father Kevin Sweeney, pastor of St. Michael’s parish in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and now bishop-elect of the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey, is making a big transition during a very turbulent time.
JANUARY 17, 1970: Kevin Sweeney is born to James and Agnes Sweeney in Elmhurst, Queens.
Bishop-elect Kevin Sweeney loves baseball, especially the New York Yankees.
The news that Pope Francis has tapped Father Kevin Sweeney, pastor of Saint Michael’s, to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey is still sinking in at the church, where parishioners are overjoyed that their pastor is moving up.
Bishop-elect Sweeney will be heading to a diverse diocese that includes both urban and suburban areas of New Jersey.