Bishop Edward U. Kmiec was born June 4, 1936 in
On August 12, 2004, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Kmiec the 13th bishop of
Bishop Kmiec’s baptismal parish, St. Hedwig’s in Trenton, is where he attended school throughout his grammar school years, and from St. Hedwig’s he went on to Trenton Catholic Boys High School. In 1954, Edward Kmiec left the
Upon returning to the
Bishop Kmiec was named Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by His Holiness Pope Paul VI in 1977. On November 3, 1982, he was ordained to the Episcopacy. He served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton from 1982 until he was named Bishop of Nashville by His Holiness Pope John Paul II and was subsequently installed to that Office on December 3, 1992.
For over 27 years Bishop Kmiec was actively involved in various phases of administration of the Diocese of Trenton. This included serving as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese from 1966 through 1982. He was a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee, the Diocesan Priests' Council and the Diocesan Board of Consultors. He also served as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Diocese, and he was the General Secretary for the Fourth Synod of the Diocese of Trenton which ended in 1991. He also was a member of the Public Policy Committee of the New Jersey Conference of Catholic Bishops, for whom he also served as Secretary-Treasurer.
Bishop Kmiec served as Chairman of the Bishops' Committee on the Diaconate from 1995 through 1998 and was Chairman of Region V of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1994 through 1998. He has also served on numerous other national and regional committees, the Bishops' Committee on Human Values, the Bishops' Committee on Pastoral Research and Practices, and the Bishops’ Committee of Priestly Life and Ministry. He has been on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the
The Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec is presently a member of the Bishops' Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations, the Secretariat for Catholic-Orthodox Relations and the Roman Catholic and Polish National Catholic Church Dialogue. He also serves on the Bishop's Sub-Committee on the Laity and the Board of the Southeast Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs, and is a regional Episcopal Advisor for the Cursillo Movement.
Recently, in November 2000, the Bishop was appointed to membership on the Ad Hoc Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and to the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Alternate Representative for Region Five.
Bishop Kmiec is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to