The Most Reverend John Myers, Archbishop of Newark, serves the religious and spiritual needs of over 1.3 million followers in the four-county diocese located in northeastern New Jersey. In addition, he serves as the Ecclesiastical Superior, Mission Sui Iuris of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Bahamas, a position that was folded into the responsibilities of the Archbishop of Newark in 1998.
Archbishop John Myers possesses the title of Knight Commander with Star for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and Knight Commander, Grand Cross, of the Sovereign Constantinian Order of the Martyr St. George. He also serves as a Consultor of the Pontifical Council on Legislative Texts, a role he has held since 2008. Until recently, Archbishop Myers served as Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision, which admitted married former Anglican clergy to the Catholic priesthood in the United States.
Archbishop John Myers attended seminary at the Pontifical North American College and received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University, both in Rome. Following his ordination and initial service as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, he attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and obtained a Doctor of Canon Law. Archbishop Myers received honorary degrees from Seton Hall University School of Law, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Loras College, his undergraduate alma mater. He has been President of the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, since 2001; serves as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and Chair of the Board of Governors and President of the North American College, Rome. In addition, Archbishop Myers serves as Trustee of the Papal Foundation.
In addition to his responsibility for the Newark Archdiocese, Archbishop John Myers serves the Catholic Church as a member of the Bishops Advisory Board of the Pope Paul VI Institute, the Episcopal Advisory Board with the Theology of the Body Institute, and the Board of Directors with the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation.
Ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, on December 17, 1966, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, he was consecrated as Co-Adjutor Bishop of Peoria on September 3, 1987. He acceded to the See of Peoria on January 23, 1990, and was installed as Archbishop of Newark on October 9, 2001.