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St. Martin’s pastor Esmilla named auxiliary bishop

Chylinski, Esmilla, Cooke. Photo credit: Sarah Webb/Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Councilman Mike Driscoll, the Rev. Efrem Esmilla and Rep. Pat Gallagher. Driscoll and Gallagher are St. Martin graduates.

Pope Francis today named three priests – including the Rev. Efren V. Esmilla, pastor at St. Martin of Tours – as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Esmilla has also been a parochial vicar at Maternity BVM (2001-03) and St. Martha (2005-06).

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The other new bishops will be the Rev. Christopher Cooke, the Dean of Men at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and a former St. Martin’s parochial vicar (2008 to 2012), and the Rev. Keith J. Chylinski, Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and a parochial vicar at St. Anselm from 2007-11.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez held a news conference this morning to introduce the three Bishops-elect.

Esmilla, 61, Cooke, 50, and Chylinski, 52, concelebrated with Perez a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman, a former St. Martin’s pastor, also concelebrated. ••

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