Benedicts Bishops: Bishop Kevin Vanns' Appointment to Orange Continues the Winning Roster
Catholic Church, the source of all truth, the God who is Truth has once again been faithful to his promise to Peter, "upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against her". (Matt. 16:18)
Bishop Kevin Vann's appointment means that one more foundation stone is in place in a critical - and rapidly growing - Diocese in the United States of America. Benedict the Builder continues to fortify the Church with living stones.
Bishop Vann was courageously standing out front in the defense of the First Freedom, Religious Freedom. His was one of the first of multiple lawsuits filed against the Obama Administrations "mandate" which seeks to compel Church outreaches to violate their deeply held religious convictions in direct contravention of the First Amendment's protections.
He served the Fort Worth Diocese with great distinction, always evidencing what I like to call "dynamic orthodoxy". He is in love with the Risen Lord, faithful to the Magisterium and happy! Being faithful to the Church does not mean being cranky! Having one more Bishop filled with joy, hope and genuine affection for all men and women is critical in this hour.
This combination of living faith, unwavering fidelity to the Magisterium and human warmth seems to be evident in all of the recent Episcopal appointments made by Benedict the Builder. Though I do not know Bishop Vann personally, I have heard repeated testimonies of his pastoral warmth, holiness, genuine compassion, theological depth and likeability from people I trust.
Finally, I admire the fact that he is one of a growing number of "Bishop Bloggers", immensely comfortable with the technologies which are so essential to the work of the Church in this hour. His excellent contribution can be found on "Shepherd of Ft Worth" http://fwbishop.blogspot.com/ I trust he will change the name soon.
Bishop Vann will soon lead the tenth largest and fastest growing Diocese in the United States. Rocco Palmo of the "Whispers in the Loggia" offered comments from this good Bishop as he prepares to take the field
We offer some excerpts below which reveal the humility, humanity, holiness and hope so obviously present in the character of this good Bishop. We ask our readers to pray for him and for the faithful he will now care for as Christ's Shepherd:
"Dear members of the media present today, and all who are here. I am very grateful for your presence and for your welcome. I especially thank Bishop Brown and [vicar-general] Msgr. [Michael] Heher for their wonderful welcome. .
I have learned over the years to try to place each day, every decision in the presence of the Word of God as it starts, to surround me and guide me, and all of us. Today is the feast day of St. Matthew, Apostle and evangelist. The first reading for today's feast day in the Church's calendar is from St. Paul to the Ephesians when he says:
"Brothers and Sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
I cannot think of a better section of Sacred Scripture for me, for all of us today, to describe to what we are called as the Body of Christ. One of the many blessings I have learned from the Hispanic people is that the Church called by them as the "Family of God".
And, that, I believe with all my heart is who we are: this is what I have learned from my years in Fort Worth, and from what I have learned about all of you so far from Bishop Brown. You see, when Bishop or a priest is transferred from one parish to another or one Diocese to another, they leave one family behind and gain another.
I have so much to be grateful to God for the people of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and north Texas and beyond. I will miss them very much. But, I promise that as we grow together in this exciting and dynamic time of the Diocese of Orange, I will love you and do my best to serve you, with the Lord's help. That is one thing I learned in Fort Worth, and what I will live here.
We are at an exciting time here in Orange: with the acquiring of what will be Christ Cathedral, we have the opportunity - with the gift of God that this is, as Bishop Brown has said - to continue to preach the Word of God here. We are also at the beginning of the year of Faith, a time and promise of new energy and celebration of Faith as we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
I am truly blessed to be here with all of you now as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese, appointed by Pope Benedict. I thank Bishop Brown for his dedication, commitment and shepherding of all here in the Diocese, and promise my support and friendship for him in this new time in his life.
This is a time of transition in my own life to be sure, with the death of my mother earlier this summer and now my leaving Fort Worth and coming to you. The Diocese of Fort Worth and Diocese of Orange have many similarities.
But your welcome, warmth and vibrant Faith is a blessing and great encouragement to me. Being new, I cannot say that I have any plan or specific idea at this time. But as we live and strengthen the bonds of our Faith and family, I know that God's purpose and plan will be shown to us each day.
The patroness of the Diocese is the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe. As she leads us to her Son, we listen to her words not to ever be afraid or worried, but walk ahead always to her Son. Two years ago, Pope Benedict made his historic visit to England, for the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman.
As we thank the Lord for this moment in time, and for the plans He has in mind for us, I can think of no better words than Newman's hymn: "Praise to the Holiest in the height and in the depth be praise: in all his words most wonderful, most sure in all His ways!"
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Bishop Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange, Bishop Todd brown, Crystal Cathedral, Christ Cathedral, New Evangelization, missionary age, Pope Benedict XVI, Fort Worth, Deacon Keith Fournier
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