ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – January 31, 2019 – The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio). The appointment was publicized in Washington, January 31, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Brennan will be introduced to the Diocese of Columbus at a news conference at the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Center, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio today at 10 AM EST.

“Bishop-designate Robert Brennan has a blend of holiness, missionary fire, humility, intelligence and pastoral experience that will serve the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Columbus in an extraordinary way,” said Bishop John Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “The Church of the Diocese of Rockville Centre expresses its solidarity and prayers with Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Columbus as we rejoice together and give thanks to the Holy Spirit and to Pope Francis for this historic appointment.”

“I am honored and humbled that the Holy Father extended this call to serve the Lord in a new way,” said Bishop-designate Brennan. “I will always love Long Island and its people. I have been blessed to minister to the people of the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 30 years and am thankful for the opportunities that has presented. But the Holy Father has asked me to serve as Bishop of Columbus and I look forward to getting to know the Diocese of Columbus and the people there.”

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