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Installation ceremonies scheduled

the Inland Register

(Corrected from the July 29, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Ceremonies and events are being lined up in preparation for the arrival of Spokane’s sixth bishop.

First up will be a quick tour of the diocese, Aug. 4-8. Bishop Skylstad will take Bishop Cupich through the diocese to introduce him to “the majority of parishes for at least a brief visit,” said Father Steve Dublinski, until recently co-Vicar General of the diocese.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Evening Prayer will be sung with the bishop-designate at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Because of the Cathedral’s limited capacity, the event will be limited to priests, deacons and wives, Religious, and Bishop Cupich’s family.

Bishop Skylstad and Father Dublinski, as rector of the Cathedral, will welcome Bishop Cupich. Bishop Cupich will then kiss the Cathedral’s crucifix and sprinkle the assembly with holy water, followed by Evening Prayer.

The installation Mass will be Friday, Sept. 3, at McCarthey Center on the Gonzaga University campus, at 11 a.m.

The Mass will be open to the public. Among the Centre’s features is abundant handicap seating.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican nuncio to the United States, will be present at that Mass. Before the Gloria, the nuncio will deliver the Papal Bull, the official document naming Bishop Cupich the sixth Bishop of Spokane.

After the reading of the Bull, Archbishop Alex Brunett of Seattle, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the region, will lead Bishop Cupich to the cathedra, or bishop’s chair. Once Bishop Cupich is seated, he officially takes possession of the diocese. From that point on Bishop Cupich will lead the Eucharistic liturgy.

“I would encourage everyone to set the day aside, to come take part in the celebration,” said Father Dublinski.

Once installed, Bishop Cupich will reside at the rectory at the Cathedral.

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