Pope Francis has named Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, of the Diocese of Gaylord, the Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.
The Vatican made the announcement Tuesday.
As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda will assist the current Archbishop John Myers in the administration of the archdiocese and will automatically succeed Archbishop Myers upon his retirement, transfer or death.
Myers is under fire for his handling of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church. According to the Associated Press, Myers has been criticized for his handling of a priest barred from unsupervised contact with minors after grabbing a boy's crotch. The archdiocese said it was unaware he subsequently worked with children.
Reverend Hebda has served the Diocese of Gaylord for four years.
The Diocese of Gaylord encompasses 21 counties across northern Michigan. It includes 81 parishes and 17 schools.