Thursday, January 19, 2017

In Birdland, The Tradition Continues

BALTIMORE – This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.

In a tradition dating to 1800 – when Leonard Neale, the second archbishop of this Premier See, was consecrated by John Carroll alone – today brings the latest chapter with the ordination of two new auxiliaries: Bishops Adam Parker, 45, and Mark Brennan, 68.

The dual appointments awaited for over two years, each of the Pope's picks brings a new element to the life of this storied local church: until now the pastor of one of suburban Washington's largest and most diverse parishes, Brennan crosses the "Hindenburg line" as the first prelate to be named for a newly emergent Hispanic community here... while Parker – the beloved native son and vicar-general of the 600,000-member archdiocese – augurs a new generation for the American hierarchy: the nation's first Latin-church bishop born in the 1970s.

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The liturgy now concluded, a limited on-demand feed is available (starting with the Nuncio's remarks); uploading the full video is in the works.