Today Father Pete, Father Stephen and I attended the Episcopal Consecration of the three new Auxiliary Bishops Pope Francis Appointed for the Archdiocese of New York on June 14, 2014. The Mass was held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and was attended by several Cardinals, dozens of Archbishops and Bishops and 200 priests as well as atleast 2000 of the faithful who were on hand to pray for these new Successors of the Apostles. Below I have included a photo and information about each of the three Auxiliary Bishops. All of us at Saint Anthony’s offer our heartfelt best wishes and prayers to Bishop Jenik, Bishop O’Hara and Bishop Byrne as they begin this new work for the Lord and His Church.
Most Reverend John Jenik
Monsignor John Jenik was born to John and Helen (Kelly) Jenik in Manhattan,
New York on March 7, 1944.
He attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School and Cathedral College
High School, both in Manhattan. In 1962, he entered Cathedral College and, in 1964, the
archdiocese’s major theologate, Saint Joseph’s Seminary, in Yonkers, New York, during
which time he earned a bachelor of arts (BA) degree.
Monsignor Jenik was ordained a priest by Cardinal Terence Cooke in Saint
Patrick’s Cathedral on May 30, 1970. In June, Cardinal Cooke appointed him to the
Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico for the summer months to learn the Spanish
language and culture. That September, Cardinal Cooke appointed him as parochial vicar
for Saint Jerome’s Parish in Bronx, New York. In 1974, Cardinal Cooke reassigned
Monsignor Jenik to Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, also in the Bronx, where he soon
became involved in what has become a near forty-year dedication to providing housing
for the poor and fighting crime, corruption, drugs, and prostitution.
In 1974, Monsignor Jenik earned a masters degree in education (M.Ed.) from
Fordham University, at the Rose Hill (Bronx) campus.
Cardinal Cooke, in 1978, appointed Monsignor Jenik as parochial vicar for Our
Lady of Refuge Parish in Bronx, New York. Seven years later, in 1985, he was appointed
pastor of the parish by Cardinal John O’Connor, where he still serves.
Ten years after his appointment as pastor of Our Lady of Refuge, Monsignor
Jenik was appointed a prelate of honor to His Holiness.
In 2006, Cardinal Egan named him vicar for the Northwest Bronx, and he
continues to serve in this position.
Throughout his priesthood, and at various times, Monsignor Jenik has been
elected to the presbyteral council; has been appointed to the college of consultors; and
has been named to a number of special archdiocesan committees, including education,
healthcare, and housing. Monsignor Jenik was instrumental in the work of the committee
for regionalizing Catholic schools in the archdiocese in order to preserve and strengthen
its school system.
Most Reverend John O’Hara
Father John O’Hara was born to John and Helen (Quinn) O’Hara in Jersey City,
New Jersey on February 7, 1946.
He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Ridgewood, New
Jersey and Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. In 1967, he earned a
bachelor of arts (BA) degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey,
with a concentration in English.
From 1967 through 1980, Father O’Hara was employed in the field of journalism
In 1980, he entered the archdiocese’s major theologate, Saint Joseph’s Seminary,
in Yonkers, New York. Ordained to the priesthood in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on
December 1, 1984, by Archbishop John O’Connor, his first assignment was as parochial
vicar for Saint Augustine’s Parish in New City, New York.
Bishop Patrick Sheridan, with the permission of Cardinal O’Connor, appointed
Father O’Hara archdiocesan scout chaplain in 1988. That same year, Cardinal O’Connor
transferred him to Saint Charles Parish on Staten Island, New York, as parochial vicar.
Four years later, in 1992, Father O’Hara was appointed by Cardinal O’Connor as
parochial vicar of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, also on Staten Island. With the
illness of Cardinal O’Connor in 2000, Bishop Robert Brucato, as apostolic administrator,
appointed him pastor, where served until his appointment in 2012 to assist with the
pastoral planning process,
Making All Things New, which he has led since 2013.
Most Reverend Peter Byrne
Father Peter Byrne was born to John and Dorothy (Nolan) Byrne in Manhattan,
New York on July 24, 1951.
He attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Manhattan and
Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, New York. In 1983, he earned a bachelor of arts
(BA) degree from Fordham University, the Rose Hill (Bronx) campus, with a
concentration in history/social studies.
Father Byrne entered the archdiocese’s major theologate, Saint Joseph’s Seminary
in Yonkers, New York in 1974, and was granted a leave of absence in 1977. Between
1977 and 1984, he taught at Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Valhalla, New
York and Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to Saint
Joseph’s Seminary in 1983, and on December 1, 1984, was ordained a priest by
Archbishop John O’Connor in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. His first assignment was as
parochial vicar for Holy Family Parish in the Bronx.
In 1992, Cardinal O’Connor appointed Father Byrne as administrator for Saint
Thomas Aquinas Parish in the Bronx, with Bishop Francisco Garmendia as pastor and
espiscopal vicar. Two years later, in 1994, Cardinal O’Connor appointed him
administrator of Immaculate Conception and Saint John the Baptist Parishes on Staten
Island, New York, becoming pastor in 1995. Since July 2013, he has served as pastor of
Saint Elizabeth Parish in Manhattan.
Following the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001, Father Byrne
volunteered his priestly service to bereaved families for many weeks at the Ground Zero
Father Byrne is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.