Monday, April 15, 2013

Archbishop Miller prays for 'abundance of grace'

Prelates to 'harmonize charismatic diversity' in Church unity
Archbishop Miller prays over Bishop Stephen Jensen April 2. His homily focused on
how a prelate should be a "father to his people," but also "a brother and friend" to all.
(Photo: Alistair Burns / The B.C. Catholic)
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, spoke about the role of a bishop at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Stephen Jensen in Prince George:
The great saint and bishop, Augustine, once wrote to his people words that undoubtedly are Bishop-elect Jensen's as well: "Believe me, brothers and sisters, if what I am for you frightens me, what I am with you reassures me. For you I am the bishop; with you I am a Christian."

A bishop is to be a father to his people, but at the same time a brother and friend to his priests, deacons, seminarians, religious and all the lay faithful. Moreover, a bishop becomes a "father" for the very reason that he is first fully a "son" of the Church.
For full text of the homily, see The B.C. Catholic website.

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