Thursday, September 6, 2012

Auxiliary bishop ordained in Edmonton

Bishop Gregory Bitman to assist Archbishop Richard Smith

Edmonton’s Auxiliary Bishop Gregory Bittman
blesses the congregation in St. Joseph’s Basilica at the
end of his ordination Mass Sept. 3.
 Ramon Gonzalez / CCN.

The B.C. Catholic has a story by Ramon Gonzalez of the Western Catholic Reporter about the ordination of the Archdiocese of Edmonton's new auxiliary bishop:
In a spirit of joy and thanksgiving, Catholics from across the Edmonton Archdiocese gathered at St. Joseph’s Basilica Sept. 3 to witness the ordination of Father Gregory Bittman as auxiliary bishop.
Nearly 1,500 people, including the apostolic nuncio to Canada, a cardinal, the primate of the Church in Canada, a total of 23 bishops, 138 priests, and 18 deacons, attended the ceremony. Bishop Bittman’s mother, two brothers, and many other members of his family also attended.
Speaking to the Bittman family, Archbishop Richard Smith said, “I know it’s a very proud day for all of you and I assure you that everyone here this evening shares your joy.”
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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