Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 18, 1944, the son of the late Pio Serratelli and the late Eva Fasolino. Bishop Serratelli attended Ann Street School in Newark and completed his grammar school education at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Newark. He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and Seton Hall University in South Orange. He studied for two years at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, and then at the North American College in Rome. While in Rome, he did his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Scripture studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
Enjoying being a gardener - Summer 2016
Pope Francis announced the appointment of Bishop Serratelli as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Bishop Serratelli was the only American prelate named.
The Paschal Lamb, the ancient symbol for St. John the Baptist, the titular of the Cathedral, is based on the words of the Precursor of Our Lord: "Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:12).
The trefoil or shamrock refers, of course, to St. Patrick. The wall on which the shamrock is mounted represents the Lord's protection of the city and is reminiscent of the words of Psalm 127
(1:1 -3) "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps guard in vain". Since the Paschal Lamb also represents the Son of God, we have canting arms of which the medieval heralds were so fond: Pat(rick)-son.