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The CatholicTV Network to air Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect John Thomas Folda

6/18/2013 - 8:37 AM PST

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WATERTOWN, MA (June 18, 2013) - On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the CatholicTV Network will air the Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect John Thomas Folda at 3PM ET from the Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo, ND.

Bishop-elect Folda will be the eighth Bishop of Fargo. Find more information about the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota here:

Bishop-elect Folda attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he studied architecture and electrical engineering. In August 1983, Bishop-elect Folda entered seminary formation for the Diocese of Lincoln. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He continued his theological studies at St. Charles Seminary, where he earned a master of divinity degree in 1988 and a Master of Arts in theology in 1989.

On May 27, 1989, Bishop-elect Folda was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln by Bishop
Glennon Patrick Flavin. For two years, he served as parochial vicar at Cathedral of the Risen
Christ, and was a teacher of religion at Pius X High School in Lincoln. In 1991, Bishop-elect Folda was sent to Rome, where he earned a licentiate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Upon returning to the Diocese of Lincoln in 1993, he was assigned as pastor of St. Paulinus Church in Syracuse and Holy Trinity Church in Avoca. He was also guidance counselor and teacher of religion at Lourdes Central Catholic School in Nebraska City. During this time, he also served as assistant to the Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln. In 1995, Bishop-elect Folda was appointed pastor of St. Leo Church in Palmyra and St. Martin
Church in Douglas, while continuing to work in the diocesan offices.

In 1997, he was appointed diocesan Director of Religious Education, Co-Vicar for Religious, Master of Ceremonies, and Censor Librorum. He was also appointed Delegate of the Bishop to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and continues as vice president of the Board of Directors. Bishop-elect Folda has been a member of the Board of the Nebraska Catholic Conference since 1993. He has also been a member of the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, Finance Council, Priests' Continuing Education Committee, Catholic Social Services Board and the Ethics Committee of St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.

In 1999, Bishop-elect Folda was appointed rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward,
Neb. He served as president of the National Association of College Seminaries from 2008 to
2010. On Oct. 10, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named him "Chaplain of His Holiness" with the title
of Monsignor. On April 8, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Fargo.

The Ordination Mass will air on CatholicTV and

About the CatholicTV Network:

Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Shannon Muldoon
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