Tuesday, April 20, 2010
New Bishop Ordained for Saskatoon Mar.24th, 2010
On Thursday evening, March 24th, Don Bolen from the Archdiocese of Regina was ordained the new bishop of Saskatoon. I had first met him during my first Ad Limina visit to Rome with the Western Bishops, where he was serving as part of the Congregation on Ecumenism. A strong and articulate advocate of ecumenism, the ordination was preceded the evening before by an ecumenical service that packed St. Paul's Cathedral in Saskatoon. The new nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, shared a message. This was his first such event since his arrival in Canada. Archbishop Daniel Bohan of Regina was the main consecrating bishop. The music ministry was a blend of singers and musicians from both dioceses. With his experience in Rome and his international connections, as well as his focus on ecumenism, Bishop Donald will be a good fit for the diocese of Saskatoon.
A crowd of over 1600 chosen from all the parishes along with other guests crowded St. Patrick's Church for the great event. In the foreground are the ecumenical and inter-faith representatives from other churches, including some Jewish rabbis.
The newly ordained bishop greets a representative from one of his parishes after the long but beautiful ceremony.
Posted by Archbishop Sylvain