WASHINGTON • Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop John W. Flesey from the office of auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark.
The announcement was publicized in Washington Oct. 16 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Flesey has served in the Archdiocese since 1969.
As required by canon law, Bishop Flesey submitted to Pope Francis his letter offering his retirement having reached 75 years of age.
Bishop Flesey was born in Jersey City in 1942. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary until 1969, when he was ordained.
Bishop Flesey’s first assignment was to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Plainfield, after which he earned a degree in spiritual theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a doctorate of sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
He also holds a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Iona College and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Catholic University of America.
He has served the Archdiocese as a member of the faculty, rector and dean, and spiritual director of Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, as well as director of ongoing formation for priests.
Bishop Flesey was named titular bishop of Allegheny and auxiliary bishop of Newark in May 2004. He currently serves as regional bishop of Bergen County and pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Franklin Lakes.