May the Bishop Sow a Mighty HarvestNicole and I attended Bishop Richard Stika's ordination Mass today, and I believe that I am going to love our new shepherd. Within his introductory message was a thinly-veiled shot across the bow to East Tennessee political leaders that he will fight for human rights, and especially for the right to life.
One thing worth noticing is that the Archdiocese of St. Louis really churns out those priests, religious, and members of the hierarchy. Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Cardinal Rigali was the chief celebrant of the Mass. He is the former Archbishop of St. Louis. The next Archbishop of New York (and outgoing Milwaukee Archbishop) Timothy Dolan is from St. Louis. Now St. Louis sends one of her best priests to Knoxville, and there were lots of St. Louis-area priests and religious at the Mass today. Lord, make us as fruitful as St. Louis!
At least we are off to a start-we've given the Church one bishop so far.