When Dennis Morales, longtime member of St. Michael’s Church, died in 2012, his wife Linda was desperate to do something in his memory. The NYPD captain had grown up a few blocks away from the parish, and it was there that Linda went to confide with then-pastor Father Kevin Sweeney.
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.