Bishop Brennan to be installed as Bishop of Brooklyn at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral


Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan, soon to be the eighth bishop of Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn

Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan will be installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn during a mass at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, 856 Pacific St. in Prospect Heights on Tuesday, November 30..

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Bishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, will officiate at the ceremony.

Bishop Brennan, who has headed the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio) since 2019, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio on September 29, 2021.

Bishop DiMarzio’s mandatory resignation letter was sent to Pope Francis on 75e birthday.

Brooklyn’s new bishop will lead a diocese of more than 1.3 million Catholics. The Diocese, informally known as the Immigrant Diocese, includes both Brooklyn and Queens.

Bishop Brennan is committed to strengthening Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens, working with and supporting immigrant communities, and focusing on the evangelization of Catholics through various means of communication and social media.

St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Wikimedia photo by Jim Henderson

Bishop Brennan was born June 7, 1962 to Robert and Patricia Brennan in the Bronx and raised in Lindenhurst, Long Island. Bishop Brennan attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Lindenhurst and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from St. John’s University in Queens.

Bishop Brennan completed his studies for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington 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, served in that capacity for three bishops, and was then ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Center on July 25, 2012.

Bishop Brennan was then appointed on the 12e Bishop of Columbus on January 31, 2019 and was installed on March 29, 2019. Bishop Brennan was a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the Committee for Catholic Education, the Administrative Committee, and the Committee of priorities and plans. .

Over the past few months, Bishop Brennan has met with the Catholic clergy of the diocese to discuss his plans. During a mass on September 29 which a delegation of police attended, Bishop Brennan said, “I look forward to getting to know each of you. I want to serve you with all my heart.

Bishop DiMarzio also said in September that Bishop Brennan “knows New York. He is someone who is very familiar with the issues here. He’s a quick student. He already knows many priests in the diocese.


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