Statement on Priest Personnel
May 21, 2008
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
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STATEMENT OF JOSEPH ZWILLING, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
This month Cardinal Egan has approved the assignments of 40 Archdiocesan priests to parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese. According to Father Thomas Devery, Director of Priest Personnel, 75% of those appointments were based on the recommendations of the Priest Personnel Board, and the other 25% were made directly by the Cardinal in response to particular pastoral needs. It has always been the prerogative of the Archbishops of New York to make priestly assignments apart from the personnel board. This policy was recognized and affirmed in the 2006 guidelines for the Priest Personnel Board, approved by the Archdiocesan priest council.
In the coming weeks, the personnel board will be making recommendations to the Cardinal about six pastors; and, as usual, their recommendations will be carefully considered.