Pope Benedict XVI has named Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., currently the 14th President of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton. The appointment was announced today, June 4, in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America.
As Coadjutor Bishop, Bishop-elect O’Connell will automatically become head of the four county Diocese of Trenton when Pope Benedict XVI accepts the resignation of Bishop John M. Smith as required by canon law at a date yet to be determined.
Bishop-elect O’Connell will be ordained to episcopacy on August 6, 2010 in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Trenton. Bishop Smith will introduce Bishop-elect O’Connell at a press conference on June 4, 2010 in the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Lawrenceville.