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Bishop DiMarzio

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.

Bishop of Brooklyn

Born in Newark, New Jersey on June 16, 1944, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, attended the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey. The Bishop was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1970. He was named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1986. Bishop DiMarzio was Ordained Titular Bishop of Mauriana and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996.

For the Archdiocese of Newark, the Bishop served in special assignments which include: Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark (1996-1999); Vicar for Human Services, Archdiocese of Newark (1991-1999); Executive Director, Catholic Community Services (1992-1997); Vice President of the Board, Cathedral Health Care Systems, Inc. (1992-1999); Associate Executive Director, Catholic Community Services (1991-1992). Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, (USCCB), Washington, D.C. (1985 to 1991); Director of Special Services, Catholic Community Services, Newark (1978 to 1985); Director of Office of Migration, Catholic Community Services, Newark (1977 to 1979); Refugee Resettlement Director - Archdiocese of Newark From (1976 to 1985).

In July of 2003, Bishop DiMarzio was appointed as the Sixth Bishop of Camden, for the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey, and served there until October of 2003.

Bishop DiMarzio was installed as the Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn, which encompasses the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York, on October 3, 2003. In addition, he is currently a Member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and past Chairman, Migration Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), as well as the past Chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board and the current Chairman of the Finance Committee of Catholic Relief Services. In 2011, he was appointed a member of the board of trustees for The Catholic University of America.

Bishop DiMarzio received in 1980 a Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) from Fordham University in New York, and in 1985 a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work Research and Policy from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from Catholic University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, in addition to an Honorary Doctorate from LaSalle University, Philadelphia; St. John’s University, Queens; and St. Francis College, Brooklyn.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of The Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc. He was the United States representative to the Global Commission on International Migration (a Untied Nations Sponsored Commission) and served as our Nation’s Commissioner representative to this organization. Formerly, he was on the Boards of the International Catholic Migration Commission where he served as Vice President, and The National Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Forum. Bishop DiMarzio also serves as the board president for the Migration Policy Institute based in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Bishop has published numerous papers and speeches and testified before Congress on many occasions.

Bishop DiMarzio has spent his ministry of over 40 years in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He has served as both an advocate for refugees and immigrant concerns in political forums, and as the initiator and administrator of programs to assist refugees and immigrants both within the U.S. and in many countries throughout the world.

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