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His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bernard Hebda

Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7:00 pm, Jessing Center

Free and open to the public; reservations not required.

About Archbishop Hebda


His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bernard Hebda holds degrees from Harvard University, Columbia University School of Law, Saint Paul Seminary (Pittsburgh), Duquesne University, the North American College, and the Pontifical Gregorian University.


He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Father Hebda served briefly as a parish priest before returning to Rome to complete a licentiate in canon law.


Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Father Hebda served in the bishop’s office as Master of Ceremonies, in parish team ministry, and as director of campus ministry at the Newman Center. He served also on the Canonical Advisory Council, Priest Council and Priest Personnel Board.


In 1996, Father Hebda was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts in Rome. In 2003, Pope John Paul II named him Undersecretary of the Council. While in Rome, Father Hebda served as an adjunct spiritual director at the North American College and as a confessor for the Missionaries of Charity (founded by Blessed Mother Teresa).


Pope Benedict XVI named Father Hebda as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord in 2009. In 2013, Pope Francis named him Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. Two years later, on June 15, 2015, Archbishop Hebda was named Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. On March 24, 2016, Pope Francis named him Archbishop-Designate of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda’s Installation Mass took place on Friday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.