Installation of Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

June 15, 2006

Note: The Mass of Installation will be carried live on Newschannel 8, starting with the liturgical procession.

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be installed as the Archbishop of Washington and the successor to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, at a Mass of Installation:

June 22, 2006
1:30 p.m. Liturgical Procession
2:00 p.m. Mass
4:00 p.m. Reception
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

A ceremonial procession of hundreds of priests, deacons and 80 Catholic cardinals and bishops will precede the Mass. Over 2,500 other invited family and guests representing the interfaith community, parishes, religious orders, Catholic and community organizations and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will fill the Basilica. Limited general seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Mass will begin with a ceremonial “Rite of Canonical Possession.” The mandate from Pope Benedict XVI appointing Archbishop Wuerl to his new post will be presented to and inspected by the consultors, priests who serve as special advisers to the bishop in a diocese. Archbishop Pietro Sambi, papal nuncio to the United States, will read the mandate and ask Archbishop Wuerl if he accepts his new assignment. After accepting, the Archbishop will be escorted to the throne (chair used by the Archbishop of Washington) by Cardinal McCarrick and Archbishop Sambi. The nuncio will hand him the crozier, a staff that symbolizes a bishop’s role as shepherd to the people.

Twenty-five representatives from various Archdiocesan ministries and groups, as well as other faith groups, will greet the new Archbishop, welcoming him to Washington. Later in the Mass, Archbishop Wuerl will deliver the homily.

Archbishop Wuerl, 65, served as the Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years. He was involved in a broad range of community and interfaith initiatives, working closely with business and civic leaders. He has been at the forefront of finding new and innovative ways to make Catholic education affordable and accessible and has overseen an extensive social services network. Currently, he serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and of the board of directors of the National Catholic Educational Association. He was involved in the development of the National Directory for Catechesis and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, Pope John Paul II ordained him a bishop in 1986 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Newschannel 8

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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