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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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Diocese prepares for installation of Bishop Thomas Daly

the Inland Register

(From the April 16, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocesan officials are preparing in earnest for the installation of the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Spokane.

As announced on March 12, Bishop Thomas A. Daly, now serving as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, has been named by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Spokane.

Bishop Daly succeeds now-Archbishop Blase Cupich, who was appointed to the Chicago Archdiocese last September. Eastern Washington’s new chief shepherd will now take responsibility for the diocese’s 91,000 Catholics.

Bishop Daly’s installation is set for Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane.

The cathedral will also be the site of an Evening Prayer Service on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m.

Because of limitations of space in the cathedral, admission to both celebrations will be by ticket only. A public reception, however, has been scheduled for the new bishop from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the cathedral’s O’Connor Hall. That event will be open to the public. Arrangements have been made for complementary parking in the Parking West Garage, 1102 W. Sprague Ave., for those attending the Installation Mass or the public reception.

Those utilizing that garage will have access to the structure only from the Sprague Ave. (south) entrance. Others will need to access the Cathedral parking lot or use metered parking or parking lots on the neighboring streets.

Father Mike Savelesky, diocesan administrator, is serving as chairman of the New Bishop Committee that is organizing and coordinating elements of the celebration. He anticipates a full cathedral for both the Evening Prayer and Installation Mass.

Following custom, he said, formal invitations to the installation have been sent to all the archbishops and bishops in the United States, several of whom are anticipated to be present – including at least two cardinals. A significant number of Bishop Daly’s family and friends, as well as visiting priests and seminarians from the Diocese of San Jose, will be present as well.

“Add to that number all the priests and deacons of the Spokane Diocese, as well as selected representatives from parishes, schools, communities of Religious, and many Catholic entities, and it is easy to understand that our cathedral will be filled to capacity,” he said. “This ‘by-ticket only’ approach to a diocesan celebration will be a first for our local Church.”

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Washington, will preside over the Rite of Installation in the presence of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The bishop-elect will be welcomed at the doors of the cathedral. A deacon will display for the inspection of the College of Consultors as well as the faithful the papal bull which formally appoints Bishop Daly to the See of Spokane. Archbishops Sartain and Viganò then will install Bishop Daly in his cathedra, the presidential chair of the local bishop. The See no longer will be sede vacante (“empty seat”) as Bishop Daly officially “takes possession of the diocese” and assumes his responsibilities.

Televising the proceedings is still being arranged at press time. Viewing information will be distributed via the Spokane Diocese web site and through parish bulletins as soon as times are set.

On the day of his installation a special luncheon in honor of Bishop Daly is planned for the historic Davenport Hotel. Earlier that day, he will gather for Morning Prayer and breakfast at Holy Names Convent with women Religious from around the diocese.

Later in the week Bishop Daly will meet at Bishop White Seminary for Evening Prayer and dinner with the deacons of the diocese and their spouses.

On Sunday, May 24, Gonzaga University and associated Jesuit communities will welcome the new bishop at a Sunday morning reception.

Just a week after the installation ceremonies, many of the faithful of the diocese will have opportunity to meet Bishop Daly when they attend one of four Bishop’s Circle events sponsored by the diocese’s Development Services Office.

The New Bishop Committee is comprised of Father Mike Savelesky (chair), Eric Meisfjord (director of the diocese’s Communications Office and editor of the Inland Register), Kristi Sicilia (bishop’s secretary), Father Darrin Connall (rector, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes), Holy Names Sister Mary Ann Farley, Hilary Hammett, Carmela Garabedian, Father Richard Poole, and Deacon Craig Blomgren.

Bishop Daly’s schedule is already filling up, as can be seen from his calendar on page 4 of this issue.


By ticket only

Admission to Bishop Daly’s Installation Mass on May 20, and the Evening Prayer Service the evening prior is by ticket only. After the Installation Mass, the general public is invited to a reception in honor of Bishop Daly at O’Connor Hall, southwest of the church on the cathedral campus, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


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