New Brunswick, NJ – The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) announced today that the Most Reverend Manuel Aurelio Cruz, D.D., Titular Bishop of Gaguari and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has joined the institute as a Distinguished Fellow. Bishop Cruz is a member of the New Jersey Catholic Conference’s Committee on Ethics, and is a faculty member at Rutgers University.
“We are very proud to announce that Bishop Manuel Aurelio Cruz has agreed to serve as a Distinguished Fellow,” said Edmund Janniger, President and Chairman of the IGA. “He is a leader of enormous experience, achievement, and range who will work to enhance understanding of global affairs via cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue.”
On June 9, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Cruz as the Titular Bishop of Gaguari and an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. His episcopal ordination was held on September 8, 2008. Today he serves in the Archdiocese as Regional Bishop of Union County, Vicar for the Archdiocese’s Hispanic Apostolate, and Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
In 2005, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers named Msgr. Cruz Vice President for Mission and Ministry for Catholic Health and Human Services, the health care and social services arm of the Archdiocese. In 2000, Pope John Paul II bestowed upon Fr. Cruz the honorary title Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title Monsignor.
In 1995 he became a chaplain at Saint Michael’s Medical Center and later was named director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Care in 2003. In this position, he directed the full range of Catholic chaplain and pastoral care services at all hospitals and medical centers within the Archdiocese.
Following his ordination in 1980, Fr. Cruz served as a parochial vicar at Holy Rosary Parish in Elizabeth. In 1982, he was appointed a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark. In 1986, he was appointed to the Archdiocesan Vocations Committee. From 1991 to 1993, he served as Dean of Deanery 19, Northern Newark.
Fr. Cruz is an alumnus of Seton Hall University, studying for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary. On May 31, 1980 he was ordained as the first Cuban-born priest in the Archdiocese of Newark. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Sacred Scripture from Seton Hall University.
Fr. Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba on December 2, 1953 to the late Juan and Caridad Cruz. He came to the United States in 1966 with his parents, spending a year in Florida before moving to Union City, NJ. There he attended Union City public schools.
About the Institute of Global Affairs
The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is a membership organization and think tank based in the New York metropolitan area. A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, the IGA is home to several centers and initiatives. Its mission is to improve understanding of the world by fostering dialogue on global affairs. The IGA also seeks to develop the next generation of decision-makers able to address pressing challenges.
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