Sunday, April 26, 2015

A good choice of a good shepherd

     On this Good Shepherd Sunday, it is worth noting that the initial response of the people of the parish and elsewhere to their introduction to Bishop-elect Edward C. Malesic is positive - they are hopeful that our new shepherd will indeed be a "good shepherd": in the model of Jesus.  I was not able to attend the press conference on Friday (because of a funeral) but as I watched it on the diocesan media outlets I was impressed by his simple, pastoral approach, his sense of humor, and his unassuming demeanor.  The fact that he has much parish experience and ministry on four different campus settings will serve him well in this down to earth and faith filled diocese.  I am convinced that the phrase in John's Gospel today that " ...I know mine and mine know me..." will become the hallmark of Bishop-elect Malesic.  His episcopal motto - "Serve the Lord with gladness" - will also bring inspiration to the people of this local church.  The photos that follow are from the press conference held in Greensburg on Friday, April 24th and  from Holy Infant's web site of their pastor preparing to clear the land for the groundbreaking (held March 15th of this year) of their new church.  Again, welcome Bishop-elect Malesic.

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