The selection of Gift Bearers also had a nice local touch: the new Bishop's Secretary, Lauretta Gordon (who is usually behind the scenes) and Sheila Murray, the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese (who usually does not have a liturgical role in things). He also chose two students from our Catholic High Schools - Kaylee Ermine, a recent graduate from Geibel and Romano Sebastiani, a representative from Central.
Again, the choices in themselves are great, but the personal touch that he brings goes a long way and affirms the people of God in this local Church.
Last evening I went out to dinner in Greensburg and as I was arriving, Bishop Malesic and Msgr. Larry Kulick were leaving the restaurant. They came over and we spoke for awhile in the parking lot by my car. They were on their way home from a Mass for Slovak Day at Kennywood, a local amusement park near Pittsburgh. As we were talking, a car stopped for the stop sign and the passenger lowered the window and yelled out "Hello! Welcome to the Diocese!" People are already responding.