The Most Reverend John J. Myers, JCD, DD
Fifth Archbishop of Newark
His Grace, The Most Reverend John J. Myers, fifth Archbishop of
Newark, was born on July 26, 1941 to M.W. “Jack” Myers and Margaret
Donahue Myers. He is the eldest of seven children.
While a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria, John Myers was offered
the opportunity to prepare for the priesthood in Rome. He was ordained
a priest for service to the local Church of Peoria, Illinois on
December 17, 1966, at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica,
Rome. He then received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the North
American College, Gregorian University, Rome, in 1967, and Doctorate in
Canon Law from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1977.
From the time of his ordination he served primarily in the Diocese
of Peoria in both parish and administrative assignments. In 1970-71, he
served with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC
in the Department of International Affairs. He was named coadjutor
Bishop of Peoria in 1987, and acceded to the See of Peoria in 1990.
On July 24, 2001, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, named The Most
Reverend John J. Myers as fifth Archbishop of Newark, and he was
installed as Archbishop on October 9, 2001.
In addition to his duties at chief shepherd of the local Church of
Newark, His Grace also serves as Ecclesiastical Superior, Missio Sui
Iuris, of the Turks and Caicos Islands; as President of the Boards of
Trustees and Regents of Seton Hall University; as President of the North
American College, Rome; as a Member of the Papal Foundation and Chair
of its Investment Committee; as a Member of the Pontifical Council for
the Interpretation of Legislative Texts; and as a Member Emeritus of the
Board of Catholic University of the United States. He also holds
numerous posts on committees and task forces within the US Conference of
Catholic Bishops and other Catholic organizations.
Archbishop Myers holds a Juris Doctor degree, honoris causa, from
Seton Hall Law School; and Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, honoris
causa, from Loras College, IA, Mount St. Mary’s University, MD, and St.
Peter’s University, NJ.
His scholarly and pastoral writings on canonical affairs and on
moral, social and theological topics have appeared in secular and
religious publications nationally and internationally, and as pastoral
messages to the faithful of the Diocese of Peoria and Archdiocese of
Archbishop Myers celebrated his 12th anniversary as Archbishop of Newark in 2013.