Ordination liturgy invokes saints,
symbols of Church
By Mary Woodward
JACKSON – On Thursday, Feb. 6, at noon, Bishop-elect Joseph R. Kopacz will be ordained and installed as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Jackson. Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile will be the principal ordaining bishop. Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton, Bishop-elect's home diocese, and Bishop Emeritus Joseph Latino will serve as ordaining bishops along side Archbishop Rodi.
As of press time 24 bishops, including five archbishops, and two abbotts were set to concelebrate the Mass. Close to 100 priests are expected to concelebrate as well. More than a dozen priests are coming from the Diocese of Scranton to see one of their own become a bishop in the church. Seven deacons from the Jackson and Scranton dioceses, including our three transitional deacons Binh Nguyen, José de Jesús Sánchez and Rusty Vincent, will assist at the Mass.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will be present to read the papal letter of appointment as part of the rite of ordination. The nuncio is the papal ambassador to the U.S. and participates in bishops' ordinations throughout the country.
Ideally the ordination of a bishop occurs in the cathedral church which is the Mother Church of the diocese and the bishop's own parish. The Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle is being prepared for this unique event in the life of the diocese. READ MORE