Ten years ago today His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago consecrated His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki a Bishop.
For us here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, this day is one of many causes for rejoicing:
- the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
- Bishop Paprocki's anniversary, who took Joseph as his Confirmation name;
- Pope Francis' inaugural Mass;
- and the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD and BluRay (at least for me).
Please join me in congratulating Bishop Paprocki and in praying for him:
O God, eternal shepherd of the faithful,
who tend your Church in countless ways
and rule over her in love,
grant, we pray, that Thomas John, your servant,
whom you have set over your people,
may preside in the place of Christ
over the flock whose shepherd he is,
and be faithful as a teacher of doctrine,
a Priest of sacred worship
and as one who serves them by governing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.