Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder
of Episcopal Ordination
of Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The year was 1980. At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of August 15th of that year the faithful gathered at Our Lady’s Church for the celebration of my Ordination to the Priesthood.
Archbishop Paul Tabet, the Apostolic Nuncio, graced us with his presence. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop Samuel E. Carter, S.J., of Kingston. Our Bishop, Paul Leonard Hagarty, O.S.B., was present though ailing and thus unable to preside. All these men, along with my immediate predecessor, Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke, S.J., have now been gathered unto God. Still we find ourselves wondering, “Where did the last 33 years go?”
Ten years ago tonight, the local Catholic Community gathered in worship. This time it was at Loyola Hall. The purpose was the Episcopal Ordination of a local priest of this Archdiocese, the first to be raised to the fullness of Holy Orders. By the grace of Divine Providence that responsibility was placed upon me.
Episcopal responsibility belongs ultimately to the Bishop. Ultimately I say, not absolutely. Indeed that responsibility is shared, to some degree, by all the members of the household of faith. We are all equally called to holiness. Read more