Diocese of Harrisburg Welcomes New Bishop

“The Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden was installed as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday in a 2 1/2 hour Mass in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.

More than 1,000 people including three cardinals, 32 bishops, 250 priests, 46 deacons and hundreds of lay people attended the “Solemn Mass of Installation” in the ornate cathedral down the street from the state Capitol.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, metropolitan archbishop of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio or Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, presided over the installation ceremony. Cardinal John P. Foley, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, also attended.

The congregation had special applause for two past bishops of Harrisburg: Cardinal William H. Keeler, seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and archbishop emeritus of Baltimore, and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, ninth bishop. Rhoades served in Harrisburg for five years before becoming bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese in January.

At the end of the Mass, McFadden turned to Keeler and Rhoades and said “you two are welcome home.”” – “New Bishop Installed as Head of Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg”, PennLive

This posting from PennLive.com is a very cool one to read about. It is always a great occasion to hear about when a new bishop is brought into a diocese. Bishop McFadden also paid respects to the former bishops of his diocese which is truly meaningful and great to see. The Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg is also very beautiful, and if you have time I would suggest searching for images of it as it truly is amazing to behold.