As the leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, Archbishop John Myers guides the 1.5 million Catholics who attend schools and churches within Union, Bergen, Hudson, and Essex Counties. Since accepting his position more than 10 years ago, he has realized several successes, including the design of the New Energies Parish Transition Project, the Catholic Education Commission, and the Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools. In addition, Archbishop John Myers provided much-needed counseling to rescue workers in the aftermath of September 11, and he conducted several funeral services, as well.Archbishop John Myers began his priestly ministry in 1967, when he served as Assistant Pastor with Holy Family Parish. He later worked in the Department of International Affairs for United States Catholic Conference before spending three years as St. Matthew Parish's Associate Pastor. Then, in 1977, he joined the Diocese of Peoria, where he remained for the next 24 years. After beginning as the Administrator of St. Mary Cathedral, he accepted positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor, Vicar General, and Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. While with the Diocese of Peoria, he also sat on the Board of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council.Today, apart from his obligations with the Archdiocese of Newark, Archbishop John Myers maintains a number of responsibilities. He participates on the Executive Committee of the Catholic University of America's Board of Trustees and chairs the Board of Governors for North American College in Rome. He also serves as President of both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents for Seton Hall University. In other service activities, he is a member of the board of Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation, Inc., and sits on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Shrines and Pilgrimages.
Spiritual Leader of the 1.5 million Catholics of the Archdiocese