He served as coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, and became Bishop of Peoria upon O'Rourke's resignation and retirement in 1990.
On July 24, 2001, he was appointed the fifth Archbishop of Newark and third superior of the Mission Sui Iuris of Turks and Caicos.
However, in 2016, Hebda was named Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis instead.
He had been administering that archdiocese as apostolic administrator for nine months from Newark.
Prayer was an important part of their family routine and John Myers became an altar server in his parish, St. He attended the Earlville schools and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1963.
Many praise his leadership and say he champions authentic Catholic doctrine at a time when many feel Catholics are drifting from strict observance.
But his critics describe a domineering bishop who places undue emphasis on the letter of the law at the expense of compassion.
The Franklin Township residence where Myers plans to live in retirement has been called "lavish." This contrasts with the lifestyle of Pope Francis who is said to live frugally, has urged bishops to avoid living "like princes" and has advocated a "poor church for the poor." Charles Zech, faculty director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at Villanova University business school said that Myers was not paying attention to Pope Francis and was taking money out of the pockets of parishioners.
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