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Pope names auxiliary bishop for San Diego, three auxiliaries for Newark

Pope Francis named Msgr. Gregory J. Studerus, Benedictine Father Elias R. Lorenzo and Father Michael A. Saporito, to be auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. The appointments were announced in Washington Feb. 27, 2020, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Newark)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Ramon Bejarano, a priest of the Diocese of Stockton, California, to be an auxiliary bishop of San Diego.

He also has named three New Jersey priests — Msgr. Gregory Studerus, Benedictine Father Elias Lorenzo and Father Michael Saporito — to be auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.

The appointments were announced in Washington Feb. 27 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate Bejarano, 50, has been pastor of St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto, California, since 2008. Fluent in English and Spanish, he was ordained a priest for the Stockton Diocese Aug. 15, 1998.

In New Jersey, Bishop-designate Studerus, 71, and Bishop-designate Saporito, 57, are priests of the Newark Archdiocese. Bishop-designate Lorenzo, 59, is a monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey, in the Paterson Diocese. He also is abbot president of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation.

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