NEW YORK – The Diocese of Brooklyn woke up with a new bishop for this county and Queens, it is Robert J. Brennan, who was appointed to the position by Pope Francis.
This after the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, who has been Bishop of Brooklyn for 18 years, submitted his resignation when he turned 75 on June 16, 2019, as required by Canon Law. The resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on Wednesday weeks after a Vatican investigation cleared DiMarzio of allegations of sexual abuse.
The appointment of Bishop Robert J. Brennan as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn was announced Wednesday morning by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who is the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
In the selection of Bishop Robert Brennan, the Holy Father has asked that a native New Yorker be the one to return to lead the faithful in Brooklyn and Queens. On behalf of the Diocese of Brooklyn, I welcome Bishop Brennan, whom I have known for many years, confident in his ability to lead our Catholic community and build on the pastoral accomplishments we have made. It has truly been an honor to serve as bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn for 18 years, ”said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. “This is a historic moment for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which is a very active Diocese, and Bishop Brennan’s energy makes him the perfect choice. I ask for God’s blessings on this transition so that God’s work in the service of his people can continue effectively for the more than 1.2 million Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens, ”he added.
Bishop Robert J. Brennan, who was serving as bishop of the Diocese of Columbia, was born on June 7, 1962 in The Bronx and raised on Long Island.
“I got to meet amazing people in the Diocese of Columbus and there is tremendous sadness in leaving them behind. As I prepare to return to New York, I am ready and eager to embrace the people of Brooklyn and Queens as their pastor. Knowing that we are loved by Jesus, we will strive to show others his face, bringing the joy of the gospel and the splendor of truth. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about, in Columbus, Brooklyn and around the world, ”stated Bishop Robert Brennan, the current bishop of the Diocese of Columbus.
Bishop Brennan completed his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Center on May 27, 1989 by then-Bishop John McGann. His first parish assignment was at St. Patrick’s Church in Smithtown. In 1994, he was appointed secretary to the bishop and served in that capacity for three bishops: Bishops John McGann, James McHugh, and William Murphy.
He previously served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Rockville Center and was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center on July 25, 2012.
Bishop Brennan was named the twelfth Bishop of Columbus on January 31, 2019 and was installed on March 29, 2019. Among the highlights of his time in Columbus is the institution of the Real Presence planning and evangelism initiative, Real Future at the diocesan level, a process that involves clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, parish volunteers, and the faithful. The goal was to determine the best way forward to increase the Church’s presence in the Diocese of Columbus in the future. In addition, he has served in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the Committee on Catholic Education, the Administrative Committee, and the Committee on Priorities and Plans.
An installation mass for Bishop-designate Robert Brennan will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Brooklyn.