Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome Bishop Pates

When I was in seminary, two men were ordained as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. One of those men was named Richard Pates. I didn't know much about him. From my priest-supervisor, I learned that Bishop Pates had had several assignments in his time as a priest and had proved himself very pastoral throughout them all.

Little did I know that Bishop Pates would be assigned to a neighboring diocese (Des Moines) and would be coming to celebrate mass here for the college students. I'm very excited. There's something exciting about having a successor to the Apostles celebrate mass for you. I hope he helps the Des Moines students feel more connected to the church by visiting them here and hope they take up his offer to pilgrimage to World Youth Day!

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