Pope appoints Allentown bishop to New York diocese

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 9, 2016 7:26 AM

FILE PHOTO: Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, Pa., recites the opening prayer during a memorial service for Lakewood, Wash. police Sgt. Mark Renninger at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(Allentown) -- Pope Francis has named Allentown Bishop John Barres as the next bishop of Rockville Centre, New York.

Barres will succeed 76-year-old Bishop William Murphy, who submitted his resignation in 2015 as required by church law when he turned 75.

Murphy led the diocese since 2001.

Barres has been the shepherd of Roman Catholics in the Allentown diocese, which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties, since July 2009.

The 56-year-old will be installed on Jan. 31.

The Rockville Centre Diocese consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

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