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July 23, 2004


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone and Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. McFadden as auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The ordination will take place on

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Procession 2:00 p.m.
Ordination Mass 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Rigali announced the papal appointments of Bishops-elect Cistone and McFadden at a news conference on June 8, 2004. Bishop-elect Cistone is Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese, a post he will continue to hold. Bishop-elect McFadden was pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, PA and will assume duties of the episcopal ministry.

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.

Editor's Note: Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. Parking space is extremely limited. If you are planning coverage, kindly contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in areas reserved for the media.

Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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