"the 60-year-old Serratelli hinted he would seek to find common ground in contentious issues roiling the church"
Hmmm, like sodomy and abortion. What is the common ground, exactly?
From the Diocese of Paterson website:
Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
Bishop Serratelli was born in Newark, on April 18, 1944 and attended local grammar schools, Seton Hall Prep and Seton Hall University, where he studied philosophy. He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ.
After ordination, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish, Belleville. He then joined the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, where he taught systematic theology from 1970-1972. After that, he returned to studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon his return to the Archdiocese of Newark, he served as a professor of Sacred Scripture at Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 1997, Fr. Serratelli was named rector of St. Andrew College Seminary. In 1998, Fr. Serratelli became Msgr. Serratelli when His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, elevated him to the position of Prelate of Honor.
He was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark in June of 2000.