Monsignor Thomas Nydegger, M.Div. ’92/Ed.D. ’08, was recently appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark, effective September 3.
The appointment was announced by the Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, on August 29. In Monsignor Nydegger’s new role, he will serve as a principal deputy of Archbishop Myers for administrative authority within the Archdiocese. According to the Archdiocese of Newark, the Vicar General exercises the Archbishop’s ordinary executive power over the archdiocese.
As Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor Nydegger will be responsible for day-to-day direction of the administrative agencies and departments of the Archdiocese and the supervision of the members of the Archdiocese Curia.
"In many ways and on several different levels, this is an overwhelming appointment for me," Monsignor says. "While acutely cognizant of the challenges and responsibilities that come with the appointment, I am grateful for the confidence and trust placed in me by Archbishop Myers and Coadjutor Archbishop Hebda. I pray the grace of God will allow me to assist them and serve the entire Archdiocese with true pastoral zeal and care."
While Monsignor Nydegger is an alumnus of Seton Hall, many also remember him as a dedicated Seton Hall administrator. During his time at the University, he was appointed vice rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary and, later, director of formation. He also became the assistant vice president for Student Services before he went on to become the pastor of St. Philomena Parish in Livingston, New Jersey, and executive director of the Office of Clergy Personnel for the Archdiocese of Newark.
"There is no doubt that Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology have played a vital role in preparing me for this appointment," says Monsignor. "Both theoretically and practically, Seton Hall has given me the education, the resources and the experience that will allow me to face the challenges that lie ahead of me in this new appointment."
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