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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop Thomas A. Daly installed as Seventh Bishop of Spokane

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the June 18, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

At the beginning of the Evening Prayer service on May 19, the vigil of his installation Mass as Bishop of Spokane, Bishop Thomas A. Daly strikes a hammer against the doors of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes as Father David Gaines looks on. Story and more photos, page 15. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)

The public ceremonies of installation of Bishop Thomas A. Daly as the seventh Bishop of Spokane began with the Evening Prayer service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

Bishop Daly stood outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and struck a dead blow hammer against the center doors.

Opening the doors and greeting him was Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Seattle, which includes the State of Washington.

With Archbishop Sartain was Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Among the other bishops attending the Evening Prayer was Archbishop Blase Cupich, Bishop Daly’s immediate predecessor as Bishop of Spokane until his appointment last autumn as Archbishop of Chicago.

At the beginning of the celebration of Solemn Evening Prayer, religious and civic leaders greeted Bishop Daly.

The reading for Evening Prayer came from Romans 8, and included these words: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

The Installation Mass began the next day at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral in downtown Spokane.

Bishops from throughout the Northwest, California, and other parts of the country were part of the Mass, as well as visiting priests and deacons joining the clergy of the Spokane Diocese.

Archbishop Sartain greeted the people and introduced Archbishop Viganò, who read greetings from Pope Francis and the apostolic mandate, which released Bishop Daly from his duties as auxiliary bishop of San Jose and named him bishop of Spokane. Deacon Kyle Ratuiste, scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood for the Spokane Diocese next month, displayed the mandate to the diocese’s College of Consultors and to the rest of the congregation.

“Bishop Daly,” read the archbishop, “you have heard the letter of His Holiness, Pope Francis. You are called by the Holy Spirit to serve almighty God and the people of the Diocese of Spokane in faith and love as their shepherd. Having already accepted the appointment of the Holy Father, are you willing to serve the people of this diocese in the tradition of the Apostolic Faith of the Church?”

Bishop Daly replied, “With faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and with the love of God in my heart, I do accept the pastoral care of the people of God in the Diocese of Spokane. I resolve to serve faithfully the spiritual needs of this local Church.”

The people responded, “Thanks be to God!” and Archbishops Sartain and Viganò escorted Bishop Daly to his cathedra – the bishop’s chair in the cathedral. The cathedra was first used by Bishop Augustine Schinner, the first Bishop of Spokane (1914-1925), and was recently restored and installed in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

When Bishop Daly was seated, he was presented with a crozier – the bishop’s staff – which also originally belonged to Bishop Schinner – a gift from the children of the diocese.

Bishop Daly’s homily repeated some of his reflections shared in a recent Inland Register interview (“Bishop Thomas A. Daly, seventh bishop of Spokane: ‘The true path to conversion’ is ‘love, not punishment,’” IR 5/21/15). Technology can be a distraction, he said, particularly when it interferes with the believer’s need for the silence in which God speaks to the heart.

We need time to be quiet with the Lord, where he speaks loudest in the quiet of our hearts,” Bishop Daly preached. “Eucharistic adoration is increasingly popular with our young people. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament becomes a place of rest and strength, a mini-retreat to listen to where the Lord is calling us to serve, to discover one’s vocation….

“The complex problems facing every diocese can be overwhelming, only if we think we can or must deal with the issues on our own,” he said. “Humility, trust, and surrender – all qualities of the Mother of our Lord and so many saints before us – will lead to hope, healing and joy.”

He closed his homily with words that reflect his own sense of spirituality and devotion: “Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us. Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever.” And the people replied, “Amen.”

The installation Mass was carried live on KTTO, Sacred Heart Radio, and live-streamed on the web site of Spokane TV station KHQ.

Space at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes kept attendance limited; admission was by ticket only for Evening Prayer and the installation Mass. A public reception after the Mass, however, was open to all.

Bishop Daly was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987. He was named and ordained as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., in 2011.

He will be living at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, as did Archbishop Cupich.

In the period between Archbishop Cupich’s installation as Archbishop of Chicago on Nov. 18, 2014, and Bishop Daly’s installation May 21 in Spokane, Father Michael Savelesky served as the Spokane Diocese’s administrator. He was elected to the post Nov. 20 by the diocese’s College of Consultors, a consultative/advisory group of priests chosen by then-Bishop Cupich from the membership of the Presbyteral (Priests’) Council.

Bishop Daly stands next to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle during Evening Prayer. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)

Bishop Daly greets a well-wisher after Evening Prayer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)

Father Tom Caswell, Jesuit Father Richard Case, and Msgr. Frank Bach climb the stairs of the cathedral at the beginning of the installation Mass. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)

The Knights of Columbus provided an honor guard for the installation Mass. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)

Deacon Kyle Ratuiste displays the papal mandate naming Bishop Daly to the Diocese of Spokane. (IR photo by Rich Breshears)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes was filled to capacity for the installation Mass. (IR photo by Rich Breshears)

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle presents the crozier to Bishop Daly. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, stands at left. (IR photo by Rich Breshears)

Bishop Daly preaches the homily. (IR photo by Rich Breshears)

Bishop Daly elevates the chalice. (IR photo by Rich Breshears)

Archbishop Blase Cupich, Bishop Daly’s immediate predecessor in Spokane, distributed Communion during the Mass. (IR photo by Eric Meisfjord)


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