Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Public invited to Sept. 3 installation Mass

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Aug. 19, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

The installation Mass for Bishop Blase Cupich as sixth Bishop of Spokane has been set for Friday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at McCarthey Athletic Center on the campus of Gonzaga University.

The Mass is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

McCarthey seats approximately 6,000 people.

Over 30 bishops from throughout the United States have confirmed attending the Mass, including Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

A special choir with membership from numerous parishes is being rehearsed by Max Mendez, music director for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

Students from Catholic schools of the diocese will be bussed in for the Mass as well.

The installation of Bishop Cupich as Bishop of Spokane is a relatively simple affair, according to Bishop Skylstad.

At the beginning of the Mass, after the entrance procession, Archbishop Sambi will read the papal bull, the official hand-lettered document from Pope Benedict XVI appointing Bishop Cupich to the Spokane See.

The term “bull” refers to the lead seal, or bulla, which is affixed to the document.

Seattle’s Archbishop Alex Brunett, as metropolitan archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Washington State, will lead Bishop Cupich to the cathedra, or bishop’s chair. Archbishop Sambi will present the crosier, or bishop’s staff, to Bishop Cupich. Bishop Cupich will take his seat in the chair, and the transfer of authority from Bishop Skylstad to Bishop Cupich will be complete.

On Thursday evening, Sept. 2, Evening Prayer will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. The service is by invitation only, an opportunity for diocesan clergy, Religious, and other leadership to welcome the new bishop to his diocese.

“I strongly encourage everyone in the diocese to attend this historic moment,” said Bishop Skylstad. “It’s been more than 30 years since the Spokane Diocese has come together for such an occasion,” since the ordination and installation of Bishop Lawrence Welsh in 1978. “This will be a great day for the Church in Eastern Washington and a wonderful opportunity for Bishop Cupich to experience the warm generosity of our Catholic community.”

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