Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli

Current Role

Retired Bishop of Patterson, New Jersey
Official Web Site:
Mailing Address: Diocesan Center, 777 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013, USA
Telephone: (973)777-8818
Fax: 777-8976

What’s Been Reported

  • Ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1968.
  • Served as a diocesan priest under Theodore McCarrick for 14 years (1986-2000).
  • Taught scripture at Seton Hall University School of Theology for over 20 years and was rector of the College division of the Immaculate Conception Seminary (2000-2002). This is at a time when Theodore McCarrick was reportedly abusing young seminarians.
  • Was made an Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and consecrated by Theodore McCarrick on September 8, 2000.
  • Was named Archdiocesan Vicar General after McCarrick left Newark to become the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Serratelli dealt directly with a lawsuit involving McCarrick’s sleepovers at the beach house.
  • In 2008, SNAP (Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests) issued a press release critical of Serratelli’s handling of sexual abuse complaints.
  • Serratelli and McCarrick both served as board members at Catholic Relief Services.