I arrived in Burlington on Tuesday evening and my good friend Fr. Meyer's seminary classmate, Fr. Brian Stidt, who ministers in Burlington's neighboring diocese, Ogdensburg, NY.
Fr. Stidt was very gracious in driving us around for a few days, finding rectories for us to stay in and places for us to celebrate Mass. It was truly a grace to make his acquaintance.
The Mass of installation itself was beautiful. The choir did a wonderful job, the Church was beautiful, and Bishop Coyne's homily was phenomenal. You can read Bishop Coyne's homily by clicking HERE and you can watch it below
A cool story from the installation Mass - as the opening hymn was wrapping up and everyone was taking their place, Cardianl O'Malley in the sanctuary along with other bishops there to celebrate the Mass, Bishop Coyne came to each of the 8 of us priests from Indianapolis, shook our hand individually, and said to each of us "thanks for letting me be part of your presbyterate." He then chose to stand next to the 8 of us, until, in the opening ceremonies of the Mass where a letter is read from Pope Francis, he was called forth to the chair of his new diocese. It was a very touching gesture, and I think it reflects well how Bishop Coyne felt about his time in Indianapolis.
Keep Bishop Coyne and his new diocese in prayer.
Here are some photos from the trip
|wow, it feels like Indiana here
|morning Mass at a chapel in New York
|Evening Prayer at the Burlington Cathedral
|Fathers Marcotte and Meyer moments before the installation Mass
|Bishop Coyne's coat of arms on ice
|Fr. Pat Beidelman organizing the Archindy photo
|Fr. Jonathan Meyer, Fr. Eric Johnson, myself, Fr. Doug Marcotte
Fr. Sonny Day, Bishop Coyne (in an under-inflated hoodie)
Fr. Eric Augenstein, Fr. Rick Ginther,Bishop Paul Etienne
Fr. Pat Beidelman
|St. Joseph's in Plattsburgh NY
|Morning Mass at St. Peter's
|Taking the ferry back across Lake Champlain to fly home
|Fr. Meyer getting back to emails
|Missed our original flight in DC...which meant
time with my brother Dan, his wife Jacqueline