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New Fall River Bishop announced

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By: Dee DeQuattro
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Pope Francis has appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, N.J. Archdiocese to become the eighth Bishop of the Fall river Diocese.

Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V. will succeed Most Reverend George W. Colemen who resigned on February 1, 2014 when he turned 75-years-old.

The resignation was announced by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano on Thursday.

Bishop da Cunha, 60, will be insatalled as the Bishop of Fall River in a Mass on September 24 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River.

As head of the Fall River Diocese Bishop da Cunha will lead 302,484 Catholics who worship in 84 parishes and 11 mission churches in Massacusetts.

Bishop da Cunha was born in Nova Fatima, Bahia, Brazil on August 21, 1953. He moved to New Jersey to study Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Society of Divine Vocations in the Church of St. Michael, Newark by Bishop Joseph A. Francis S.V.D. on March 27, 1982. He then served as a parochial vicar of St. Michael Church in Newark and as director of vocations for his Congregation. He later served as parochial vicar and vice superior of the local community at Saint Nicholas Parish in Palisades Park. In 1987 Bishop da Cunha became pastor of St. Nicholas Parish.

Bishop da Cunha served on the board of the Eastern Religious vocations Directors Association. In 1992 he was elected secretary of the Council of the Vocationist Delegation in the United States.

From 1994 to 2000 Bishop da Cunha served as novice master and director of the Vocationary.

In 2003 he was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and Titular Bishop of Ucres. Later that year he was appointed Regional Bishop for Essex County. In 2005 he was named Vicar for Evangelization. In 2013 he was named Vicar General for Archdiocese of Newark.

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