Cardinal Dolan Offers Warm 'Welcome Home' to Newly Appointed Bishop of Brooklyn


Bishop Robert J. Brennan of Columbus, Ohio, who served for many years as a priest and auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, will return home to New York as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Bishop Brennan's appointment to succeed retiring Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, 77, was announced Sept. 29  in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. 

A Mass of installation for Bishop Brennan, 59, will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn.

Cardinal Dolan said, “It is a joy to ‘welcome home’ Bishop Robert Brennan, as he returns to the Province of New York to serve as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. During my over 12 years as Archbishop of New York, I have come to know him as a fine priest and bishop, a warm individual, and a good friend. As Bishop of Columbus, and before that as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, he has shown himself to be not only a capable administrator, but also a true pastor, with a deep love of God’s people.

"A sincere and prayerful word of gratitude to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, for his 18 years as Bishop of Brooklyn, guiding that diocese with zeal and dedication.  He has been a trusted and valued collaborator, as we worked together on issues affecting the Church, particularly here in the City of New York which our two dioceses share.  It is good to know that he will continue to be a source of wisdom and insight for both Bishop Brennan and me.”

Bishop Brennan has served as Bishop of the Ohio diocese since January 2019. The Bronx-born and Long Island-reared bishop was ordained an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2012.