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June 8, 2004


At his first news conference since becoming Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali announced today that Pope John Paul II appointed Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone, Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. McFadden, pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, as Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali said, "The varied pastoral and administrative experiences of Bishop-elect Cistone and Bishop-elect McFadden will assist them greatly as they assume the duties of the episcopal ministry. However, more importantly, both have a deep love for God and the people they serve. They are faithful to their priestly vocation and devoted to the preaching of the Gospel and the sacramental ministry of the Church. They are loyal to the Church and both are generous in serving the community."

At the news conference, Bishop-elect Cistone told reporters, "My years in the Office of the Vicar for Administration, 6 of which I have been Vicar, have afforded me a unique opportunity to appreciate the breadth and depth of this wonderful Archdiocese. I have seen first hand the tremendous contribution of the Archdiocese in so many areas of faith and life, not only to Catholics but to people of all faiths, especially those most in need. In that regard, I am aware of the tremendous responsibilities which the Archbishop of Philadelphia bears daily. So, in accepting this appointment as an auxiliary bishop, I can foresee the responsibilities which I will be asked to assume as I assist Cardinal Rigali."

Bishop-elect McFadden said, "I look forward to serving the faith-filled people of the Church in Philadelphia as an Auxiliary Bishop. I pray that my ministry will be a support to them as we journey together toward a deeper love and knowledge of God our Father and of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit who sanctifies and makes us God's people. I ask God to help me in my work as I take Mary as my model and Jesus as the Center of my life."

Joseph R. Cistone was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1949 to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Cistone, Sr. He has two brothers, Daniel and Anthony, and was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Parish Elementary School and is a 1967 graduate of Father Judge High School. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1975. Father Cistone served as parochial vicar in the following parishes: Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia, Saint Jerome, Philadelphia, Saint Jude, Chalfont, Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown, Saint Bernard, Philadelphia. He served as Dean of Formation for the Theology Division, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was appointed Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese in February 1998 and named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II in April1998.

Bishop-elect McFadden was born in Philadelphia on May 22, 1947, the son of Thomas and Ellen McFadden. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Elementary School and is a 1965 graduate of St. Thomas More High School for Boys. He graduated in 1969 from Saint Joseph University. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1976 and was ordained in 1981. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Laurence Church in Highland Park, PA and in 1982 was appointed Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Krol and held that position from 1982 to 1993. He was named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) in May 1991. In 1993, Monsignor McFadden was named the first President of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA. In 2001, he was appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, PA.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications

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