About Bishop Joseph McFadden:

Bishop Joseph McFadden was born in Philadelphia on May 22, 1947, the son of Thomas and Ellen (Griffin) McFadden. He lived with his parents and brother, John, and his two sisters, Jane and Ellen, in West Philadelphia and was baptized at Saint Rose of Lima Parish.

He attended Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school from 1953-1961. He attended Saint Thomas More High School for Boys from 1961 to 1965.

While in high school, he was a member of the student council, the newspaper, the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams and a member of the National Honor Society. He was also the class valedictorian.

Following high school, he matriculated to Saint Joseph University majoring in political science. He graduated in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in politics.

While at St. Joseph, he played on the freshmen basketball team and then embarked on a career of coaching basketball during his remaining years in college, first as the freshman coach at St. Thomas More High School and then as the junior varsity coach at West Catholic High School for Boys.

On graduating from Saint Joseph University, McFadden was hired to teach at West Catholic Boys High School. While teaching, he also coached the junior varsity baseball team, the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams, and was moderator of the student council.

In 1972 he was appointed the director of athletics for West Catholic and served on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Catholic League.

In 1976 McFadden entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to study for the priesthood and was ordained a deacon in 1980 and assigned to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Secane.

On May 16, 1981, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul by His Eminence John Cardinal Krol.

McFadden received a master of divinity degree on completion of his studies at Saint Charles Seminary, graduating summa cum laude.

In June of 1981, he was assigned the parochial vicar at St. Laurence Parish, Highland Park.

In 1982 he was appointed administrative secretary to Cardinal Krol and held that position from 1982 to 1993.

On May 29, 1991, he was named an honorary prelate to Pope John Paul II, with the title of monsignor.

In 1993, McFadden was named by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to be the first president of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, Pa.

During his tenure as president, the school's enrollment increased from 1,540 students to 2,000 students .

In 2001, McFadden was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown, where he ministered until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia in June 2004.

McFadden was ordained to the Episcopacy by Cardinal Justin Rigali in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on July 28, 2004.

On June 22, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop McFadden the 10th bishop of Harrisburg. He was installed in St. Patrick Cathedral on August 18, 2010. On that date, he began his ministry as Bishop of Harrisburg.

-Source: Harrisburg Diocese