|Over 100 recently appointed bishops are participating in the congress.|
September 17, 2009. Rome, Italy. On September 15, the memorial
feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Legion’s Center for
Higher Studies in Rome hosted the inaugural Mass of the
9th annual congress for newly consecrated bishops.
The main celebrant at
the Mass was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., the Holy Father’s
Secretary of State. The Mass was concelebrated by Cardinal Giovanni
Battista Re, who is Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
and the event organizer; Bishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, the
new secretary of the same dicastery; the 109 new bishops
from 32 countries; Fr Álvaro Corcuera, LC, and various other
Legionary priests who study and work in Rome.
Points from the
In his homily, Cardinal Bertone greeted the bishops and thanked
the event organizers, as well as the Legion for hosting
the event. Basing himself in some ideas of a recent
papal homily from September 12, he went on to comment
on the three characteristics that should mark a bishop:
|The congress began with a Mass.|
which entails remembering that the Church is entrusted to them
but does not belong to them; rather, it belongs to
2. Prudence, which entails seeking the truth and acting in
accordance with it.
3. Goodness, which grows as we interiorly unite
ourselves to the living God.
The cardinal encouraged the bishops to
be “credible witnesses” and “holy shepherds” for the Christian people,
and to share the love of God with all those
entrusted to their care. He also urged them to imitate
the holy Curé of Ars by living their ministry “according
to the heart of Christ and the motherly heart of
It is an honor to serve the Church’s shepherds
of the course, which began in the afternoon on September
14 and concluded on September 22, was to foster unity
between the Church’s pastors and the Pope, and to offer
them means and tools to help them fulfill their new
mission as bishops.
For the Legionaries, hosting the bishops and
providing for their needs is an honor and a chance
to serve the Church’s shepherds.
“For the Legionaries of Christ
in this center, these are days of service and self-giving,
but at the same time, we daily receive much more
|During the homily, cardinal encouraged the bishops to be “credible witnesses” and “holy shepherds” for the Christian people.|
than we give,” said Fr Miguel Segura, rector of the
Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
“The example of these
newly consecrated bishops, full of love for the Church, with
a history of priestly self-giving and sacrifice behind them, is
a blessing for all of us who get to live
alongside them. It is a encouragement for us to give
everything to God,” he said.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s homily can
be read in Italian at this link.