There has been some local news that is indeed good news. The first is the return of my neighbor and ordination mate, Monsignor V. Paul Fitzmaurice, pastor of Saint Agnes parish in North Huntingdon, who returned this weekend from an extended time away - a much deserved R & R type sabbatical. It is good to have him home.
And then at six am this morning our time came the announcement that Monsignor Lawrence Persico, pastor of Saint James in New Alexandria and Vicar General of the Greensburg Diocese was appointed as the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. He will replace Bishop Donald Trautman who retired because of age. Monsignor Persico is a few years younger than I am, and attended two of the schools that I attended including both Saint Joseph Hall, our former minor seminary in Greensburg (the first alumni to be a bishop) as well as the former Saint Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky. Our prayers are with him as he embarks upon this new ministry.