Staff changes in Newark prompt assignment to parish ministry
Following the appointment of Newark’s Auxiliary Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, Monsignor Thomas Nydegger was appointed to succeed him as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. This left a vacancy in a large parish, St. Philomena in Livingston, New Jersey. Newark Archbishop John J. Myers asked Monsignor Robert J. Fuhrman, currently serving as Assistant National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, to assume the role of pastor there, beginning October 8. St. Philomena is also home to the parish elementary school, Aquinas Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. An announcement made today by the Archdiocese of Newark welcomed Monsignor Fuhrman back to the “pastoral life of the archdiocese with gratitude for his many years in service to the missionary life of the Church universal.”
“Monsignor Fuhrman has been a great blessing to the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies nationally, nurturing a love for the Missions, just as he did for nearly two decades as Newark’s Archdiocesan Director,” said Oblate Father Andrew Small, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. “We will all miss him in our Mission Network, none more so than I.”
A veteran pastor of the Archdiocese of Newark, for which he was ordained in 1981, Monsignor Fuhrman has also served as Secretary to the Archbishop, vice rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary, and rector of St. Andrew College Seminary. Both seminaries are located at Seton Hall University. From 1997 to 2010, he was pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River. In 1993 Monsignor Fuhrman began his formal work for the Missions, appointed by then-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick as director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Newark Archdiocese, a position he held until being named Assistant National Director of those Societies in 2010.
“The Missions are at the heart of the Catholic Church and will always be a central part of my priestly life,” Monsignor Fuhrman said. “It has been so special for me to be part of the momentum and the exciting initiatives that Father Andrew has begun. He is a wonderful friend and I am very thankful to have been and to remain his colleague. I pray for all in our national and diocesan offices, that we possess joyful and generous missionary hearts.”