“Today, three bishops of the Diocese of Wilmington - the seventh bishop, Bishop Robert Mulvee, now retired Bishop of Providence; Bishop Emeritus Michael Saltarelli, the eighth bishop; and myself, the ninth bishop - are very proud.
Our spiritual son and brother in priesthood, Monsignor John O. Barres, has been named Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Allentown by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
In Bishop-elect Barres, the Church of Allentown will receive a shepherd who is deeply spiritual, exceptional in his theology and dedicated to his ministry.
In my first year in the Diocese of Wilmington he has shepherded and guided me around the diocese. In that time I have seen his pastoral concern, much like The Curé of Ars. When we would enter a church before a Saturday or Sunday Mass and he would see people standing in line for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he would immediately go into one of the other confessionals to help minister that sacrament.
You receive a bishop with a missionary spirit not unlike Saint Paul. He is always looking to see how he can invite others to experience the Lord in their lives. You will quickly discover why, for twenty years of priesthood, he has been one of the most loved and respected priests of our diocese.
We are saddened to lose his ministry here in Wilmington. We are delighted that the Church Universal, and especially the Diocese of Allentown, will benefit from his assignment today.”