|The bishops concelebrated the opening Mass on September 8.|
September 12, 2011. Rome, Italy. The 11th Congress for Newly
Appointed Bishops is currently underway at the Legion of Christ’s
Center for Higher Studies in Rome. Over 113 participating bishops
from 33 nations were present, along with various Legionary priests.
purpose of the congress, which runs from September 7 –
16, is to foster the new bishops’ unity with each
other and with the Pope, and to give them tools
to help them carry out their new mission.
Angelo Becciu, the substitute for the Secretary of State, presided
over the inaugural Mass, which was celebrated yesterday in the
During his homily, Archbishop Becciu invited the bishops
to see God’s plan from His perspective and to put
all their hope in Him, since their mission as bishops
goes beyond their own strength.
|Archbishop Becciu during the moment of the offertory at Mass, with Fr Thomas Flynn, LC, assisting.|
“Work as if everything depends
on us, and trust as if everything depends on Him,”
he said. “He promised to be with us until the
end of time.”
Archbishop Becciu also invited the new bishops to
see Mary’s “yes” as an example of availability to God’s
plans, and to “remember the Gospel that was placed on
our heads during our episcopal ordination as a symbol of
our submission to God’s word.”
Finally, he entrusted their first
steps as bishops and all of their plans to Mary,
Regina Apostolorum (Queen of the Apostles).
Consecrated men and Legionary brothers
and priests from the Center for Higher Studies have been
available to support the bishops during their course, offering practical
assistance as needed: picking up the bishops at the airport,
giving simultaneous translations of the talks, doing the daily laundry
and cleaning service, setting up for Mass and prayer, serving
|A view of the chapel during the inauguration Mass at the Center for Higher Studies chapel.|
meals in the dining room, etc. Their goal: to offer
the bishops the best possible atmosphere for prayer, reflection, and
After their weeks of talks, workshops, and fellowship, the
bishops have another grace to look forward to: a special
audience with Pope Benedict XVI on September 15.