Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Saint John Paul II appointed Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio in 2003 to head the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 1999 he had been named bishop of Camden, N.J. after serving three years as auxiliary bishop of Newark. A native of Newark, he was ordained a priest in 1970.

Bishop DiMarzio has spent a significant part of his ministry of almost 50 years in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He has served as both an advocate for refugees and immigrant concerns in political forums, and as the initiator and administrator of programs to assist refugees and immigrants within the U.S. and throughout the world.

From 1985 to 1991, he served as executive director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop DiMarzio is currently chairman of the board of the Center for Migration Studies, and the Migration Policy Institute board. He is a member of the boards of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and the USCCB Migration Committees.

Bishop DiMarzio is a former member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. He also previously chaired the boards of the Migration Committee of the USCCB and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. He holds a doctorate in Social Work Research and Policy from Rutgers University.