Thursday, May 20, 2010

On this day, 1 year ago ...

Pope Benedict XVI announced he had selected Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Cistone to become sixth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Celebrating my 1st Birthday as Bishop of Saginaw!

The diocesan staff surprised me with cake again today while I was at a luncheon with priests following the annual Senior Priests' Mass at the Center for Ministry. ( I told you they love any excuse to have a party!)

With yesterday being the anniversary of my priestly ordination and today being my birthday, I often enjoy asking children how it could be possible that I was ordained when I was 25, but didn't celebrate my first Mass until I was 26. Their first response is often that it must have been because I needed more training. (Don't you just love kids?!) The truth is that I celebrated my first Mass on my 26th birthday, which was the next day following my ordination in 1975.

Thank you to all of you who have wished me a happy anniversary and happy birthday during this, my first year as Bishop of Saginaw. God love you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

35 Years as a Priest!

The diocesan staff celebrated the 35th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood - May 17, 1975 -  with cake this morning at the Diocesan Center. (Boy, these people will use any excuse to have a party!)

Homily from Friday's Ordination to the Order of Deacon (and more)