Tucson, Ariz. — Three resounding knocks reverberated throughout the quiet interior of St. Augustine Cathedral. The door was opened by the cathedral’s rector, and Bishop Edward Weisenburger was invited into his new cathedral. The choir swelled with “Festival Alleluia” as Bishop Weisenburger made his way down the aisle of the cathedral to be installed as the seventh bishop of the Tucson Diocese Nov. 29. In his homily on the Gospel of John 15, Bishop Weisenburger highlighted the importance “ ‘It’s not you who chose me but I who chose you (Jn 15:16),’ ” Bishop Weisenburger continued to paraphrase Christ. “I don’t want you for a servant, I want you as a friend.” The focus of friendship is important, he said.
“He doesn’t want us for a slave or servant,” Bishop Weisenburger said. “What’s the motivation of a slave? Fear. What’s the motivation of a servant? Salary. “All through his Gospel, (Jesus) uses endearing examples. A friend will do anything for another friend because his motivation is love.” The difficulty for culture today, however, is that the phrase is too common. “We let it run in one ear and out the other. We don’t let it sink in,” Bishop Weisenburger said. “How incredible it is that the creator of the universe wants to be in a relationship with us as friends. Where everything that we do for him is done in love, just as everything he has done for us has been in love.”
The Installation Mass began with the Rite of Installation, with the reading of the Apostolic Mandate by Archbishop Christophe Pierre. Archbishop Pierre gave the mandate to Bishop Weisenburger, who showed it to the College of Consultors, the Chancellor, priests of the diocese and the congregation. Next, Bishop Weisenburger was led to the cathedra (the bishop’s chair) by Archbishop Pierre and Archbishop John Wester, of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Metropolitan. He was then handed the crozier (the pastoral staff) and became the main celebrant of the liturgy.
On Oct. 3, Bishop Weisenburger was announced as the replacement for Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who submitted his retirement in 2016 at the age of 75. Bishop Weisenburger honored his predecessor during his homily. “I cannot let the day pass without one final time saying thank you to that magnificent shepherd for 16 years poured out sacrificial love for us — Bishop Kicanas,” Weisenburger said, as the members of the overflowing cathedral gave the retired bishop a standing ovation. “Does it not feel good to say thank you when the thanks are so deserving?”
“Brothers and sisters, as I step into this new role, let it be one of holy friendship,” Bishop Weisenburger continued during his homily. “Let us be committed to this very true Biblical friendship with one another which will entail a loving relationship with God as well as a loving relationship with one another. “Let us be in friendship with all. For surely, that is the way love grows, the kingdom is built and the great Diocese of Tucson will step into its next age. Brothers and sisters, let the friendship begin.”
The night before the installation, Bishop Weisenburger gathered with priests and congregants to pray Solemn Vespers in the cathedral, including about a dozen priests from the Salina Diocese. Bishop Weisenburger took the opportunity to share with those gathered to share his belief about a bishop’s role in the church. “The bishop is a man ultimately of relationships,” he said. He pointed out the word “pontiff” is one that most apply to the pope as “supreme pontiff,” but the term “pontiff” actually means bridge builder.
Salina — The eight priest consultors of the Diocese of Salina elected Father Frank Coady to serve as diocesan administrator.
Father Coady, 67, is the director of three offices for the diocese: Office of Liturgy, Office of Deacons and Office of Lay Ministry Formation. He has been the pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Manhattan since 2015.
He was sworn in as diocesan administrator Dec. 1.
When the bishop’s office becomes vacant, the consultors are temporarily responsible for the governance of the diocese until they elect a diocesan administrator from among the priests of the diocese. The priests’ council is dissolved, and the power of the vicars general ceases.
The elected administrator is bound by the obligations and possesses the power of a diocesan bishop with a few exceptions. He cannot initiate new programs but oversees operations of the diocese with the assistance of the consultors.
Father Coady said he will work on the confirmation schedule, and assign priests to handle confirmation, as well as arrange the Rite of Election for those in the RCIA program.
“I’ll (also) have to arrange for a visiting bishop to do our ordinations next spring if we don’t have a bishop by then,” he said.
The consultors are: Msgr. James Hake, Msgr. Barry Brinkman, Father Keith Weber, Father Michael Elanjimattathil, Father Kerry Ninemire, Father Joseph Kieffer, Father Kevin Weber and Father Frank Coady.
Q: Why do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
A: In discussing the Catholic belief of the Immaculate Conception, which we celebrate every year on Dec. 8 (a Holy Day of Obligation), we can start with something of an odd question: If you could create your own mother, would you make her just like everyone else? Or would you make her special and unique, possessing every good quality and having no flaw? Well, Jesus Christ is the only person ever who created his own mother. As God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, He existed before his mother and is the author of her existence and her creator. It’s within that context, and considering her unique mission as mother of the Messiah, that we believe God gave her unique privileges and graces. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This dogma was formulated and definitively pronounced by Blessed Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8, 1854. He taught, “that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.” Put more succinctly, we believe that Mary was free from all sin, both original and personal, from the very first moment of her existence and remained that way throughout her entire life. Put positively, this means that Mary was created in a state of sanctifying grace, similar to Adam and Eve before the fall.
We, on the other hand, are created in the state of original sin, which means we are initially deprived of sanctifying grace, which we ordinarily receive at Baptism. This was a unique privilege granted only to Mary, for she was given a unique role to play in God’s plan for our salvation. She is “full of grace,” as Gabriel said at the Annunciation, in a way that no one else ever has been.
Looking now at some of the reasons why we believe this, we can return to the initial question. It seems perfectly reasonable that Jesus, being all powerful, would protect his mother from the stain of sin and preserve her in God’s grace. He honored his mother in a way that only he could. We can see this hinted at in Genesis 3:15, where God says to the serpent (the devil), “I will put enmity between you and the woman.” The woman is the mother of the messiah, the one who will “crush the serpent’s head.” Jesus specifically calls Mary “woman” twice in the Gospels, at Cana and Calvary, drawing our attention to this early prophecy. This enmity means that she is totally opposed to the work of the devil, which is sin. Every time we sin, we are NOT at enmity with the devil, we’ve sided with him against God. But Mary has never been separated from God by sin; she has always been perfectly holy and in union with God.
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Hays — With a mission to generate 20,000 new pastoral leaders from the Hispanic/Latino communities and engage thousands more in the Church’s day-to-day work of spreading the Gospel, Encuentro, or “meeting” in Spanish, is a movement that is sweeping through Catholic dioceses across the country. The program is under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. According to the movement’s website, vencuentro.org, the goal of Encuentro is “to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church.”
Each diocese is now in the final stages of work to shape a diocesan working document outlining needs and goals for its Hispanic/Latino populations.
The Salina Diocese’s Encuentro was held Sunday, Nov. 5, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Hays. With representatives from Goodland, Hays, Salina and Manhattan, the day’s events included time for small and large-group discussion about issues affecting Hispanics/Latinos of all ages in the 31 counties within the diocese’s boundaries.
“The Catholic Church calls us to become missionary disciples,” said Claudia Segoviano, a member of the parochial team for Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina and the secretary for the diocesan Encuentro. “This is an opportunity for us to come together to determine the needs of the Hispanic communities within our local parishes.”
Identifying those needs has been a long-term process for Segoviano and others in the diocese who are involved with the discipleship teams.
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Hays — Con la misión de generar 20,000 nuevos líderes pastorales de las comunidades hispanas / latinas e involucrar a miles más en el trabajo cotidiano de la Iglesia de difundir el Evangelio, Encuentro o “reunión” en español, es un movimiento que está barriendo a través de diócesis Católicas en todo el país. El programa está bajo la dirección del Subcomité de Asuntos Hispanos de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos. Según el sitio web del movimiento, vencuentro.org, el objetivo de Encuentro es “discernir las formas en que la Iglesia en los Estados Unidos puede responder mejor a la presencia hispana / latina, y fortalecer las formas en que los hispanos / latinos responden a la llamada la Nueva Evangelización como discípulos misioneros que sirven a toda la Iglesia.”
Cada diócesis se encuentra ahora en las etapas finales de trabajo para dar forma a un documento de trabajo diocesano que delinee las necesidades y metas para sus poblaciones hispanas / latinas.
El Encuentro de la Diócesis de Salina se llevó a cabo el domingo 5 de Noviembre en la Parroquia Inmaculado Corazón de María en Hays. Con representantes de Goodland, Hays, Salina y Manhattan, los eventos del día incluyeron tiempo para discusiones de grupos pequeños y grandes sobre temas que afectan a hispanos / latinos de todas las edades en los 31 condados dentro de los límites de la diócesis.
“La Iglesia Católica nos llama a ser discípulos misioneros,” dijo Claudia Segoviano, miembro del equipo parroquial de la Catedral del Sagrado Corazón en Salina y secretaria del Encuentro diocesano. “Esta es una oportunidad para que nos unamos para determinar las necesidades de las comunidades hispanas dentro de nuestras parroquias locales.”
Identificar esas necesidades ha sido un proceso a largo plazo para Segoviano y otros en la diócesis que están involucrados con los equipos de discipulado.
Junction City — Families are invited to celebrate Advent Adoration from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Junction City.
As with the summer’s “Prayer and Praiser for Children and Families,” the event is for the entire family. It will include a speaker, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, praise and worship music, silent reflection time and benediction. The event is free and all are invited to attend.
Murphy and Kelli Lierley from Lincoln, Neb. will be the featured speakers. Murphy Lierley was a seminarian for the Diocese of Lincoln and discerned he was called to marriage. He currently is the manger of FOCCUS Inc, USA., the marriage preparation and enrichment inventory working in the Archdiocese of Omaha Center for Family Life Formation in Omaha, Neb. Kelli Lierley teaches second grade at St. John the Apostle school in Lincoln, Neb.
Music for the event will be provided by the SPARK Choir. SPARK, which stands for Seek, Pray, Adore, Rely and Know, is led by Becky Keating; the choir is led by Heather Augustine. Special guest Heidi Jirak will join the SPARK choir for the event.
An Oakley native, Jirak graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison before discerning a religious vocations with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wichita. She returned to the Salina Diocese and is currently a part-time director of religious education at St. Francis Xavier Parish. She is a familiar face to youth in the diocese; she served as a music leader on the Prayer and Action team from 2012-2014.
“The Office Family Life and Natural Family Planning is very excited to be providing more opportunities for family faith formation and prayer,” said Corey Lyon, director of the Office of Family Life. “It is our hope that the afternoon will be enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life. This is a great addition to your personal or family Advent preparations for Christmas.”
Racism and bigotry are among the great evils of our age, and the resurgence of neo-Nazi and white-supremacist movements is profoundly troubling. The follower of Jesus Christ can see something of God’s image in every human being. For this reason, people of faith must unite and speak truth to this evil in our midst. Let us renew our firm commitment to truth, equality, and universal human dignity.
– Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger