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WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Galante, 74, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey and named Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, 67, auxiliary bishop of New York, 67, to succeed him.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, January 8, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Dennis J. Sullivan was born March 17, 1945, in New York City. He attended Public School 102 and Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York; Iona College; and St. Joseph's Seminary, where he earned a bachelor's and a master of divinity degree. He did further studies in Spanish at the Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Bishop Sullivan was ordained a priest for the New York archdiocese in 1971, and named a domestic prelate, with the title "monsignor," in 1999. He was named an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 2004.
Bishop Galante was named Bishop of Camden in 2004. He was named an auxiliary bishop of San Antonio in 1992, bishop of Beaumont, Texas in 1994, and co-adjutor bishop of Dallas in 1999.
Bishop Galante was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1964 and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Lateran University in Rome. He was named a prelate of honor with the title "monsignor," in 1983. He served for six years as the undersecretary for the Congregation for Religious in Rome, 1987-1992.
The Camden Diocese comprises the counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem in New Jersey. The diocese has a Catholic population of 511,822, or 35 percent of the diocese's total population of 1,443,274.
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