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Joyful day for the new
bishop and his diocese
Bishop Paul J. Swain radiated joy on the day of his ordination as a bishop and consecration as the eighth bishop of Sioux Falls, S. D.
In his remarks at the end of the Mass on October 26 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, Bishop Swain said, "If you wonder whether I am happy to be Bishop of East River, I can say with joy and gratitude, 'You bet!'"
Solemn high Mass
About 975 people filled the cathedral for the solemn high Mass. The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir and guest organist Paul M. Weber provided music for the Mass.
The Knights of Columbus, Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, 20 visiting bishops, and dozens of priests, deacons, and seminarians joined religious and laity participating in the Mass.
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, read the apostolic letter from Pope Benedict XVI appointing Bishop Swain as the bishop of Sioux Falls.
In his homily, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis - the principal ordaining bishop - reminded those present that as successors to the apostles, bishops are
sent into the world to preach the Gospel and sanctify and govern their flock. "The title of bishop is one of service. It is not one of honor," emphasized Archbishop Flynn.
In the ordination rite, the ordaining bishops and other bishops present lay their hands on Bishop Swain. His head was anointed with holy chrism and he was presented with the Book of the Gospels, as well as his ring, crozier, and miter.
Bishop Swain's remarks
In his remarks, Bishop Swain expressed gratitude to the priests and people of Sioux Falls, especially to the ordination planning committee under the direction of Fr. Charles Cimpl and Chancellor Jerry Klein and Fr. Martin Lawrence and others involved in "the beautiful liturgies."
Bishop Swain was "delighted" that his 86-year-old mother attended with other family members.
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Golden anniversary: Couples celebrate years
MADISON -- "What a joy it is for me to look out among you, who know what marriage really means," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino at the beginning of his homily at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass October 29.
The Mass was an opportunity for more than 115 diocesan couples to join with Bishop Morlino in celebrating the joy of 50 years of marriage.
Bishop Morlino thanked all of the couples for the great witness to marriage they have provided over so many years. He said that they are the "best medicine for a sick culture" that would try to redefine marriage.
But his homily was less about sickness in the culture than about the great things the grace of God has accomplished through married couples.
The Sunday Gospel reading was about Jesus' meeting with the blind man Bartimaeus outside Jericho. "The real blindness that was healed in Bartimaeus was the blindness of not knowing he should follow Jesus," the bishop said. "They both wanted the same thing." Full story ...