Masses and Rome Pilgrimage to Mark Transition to New Archbishop

Cardinal McCarrick’s Successor, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, to be Installed June 22

May 26, 2006

A series of Masses and a pilgrimage to Rome are on the schedule as the Archdiocese of Washington thanks Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick for his leadership and welcomes his successor, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl:

Sunday, June 18, Noon: Cardinal McCarrick Celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for his ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington. He has served as the spiritual leader of the more than 560,000 Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Washington since January 2001. The Mass is open to the public.

Thursday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.: Mass of Installation for Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, whom Pope Benedict XVI named to succeed Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, will be installed formally during this Mass. Dozens of cardinals and bishops, hundreds of priests and thousands of people representing the Archdiocese’s many parishes, schools and ministries are expected to attend. Limited general seating will be available.

Sunday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.: Mass of Celebration for Archbishop Wuerl’s Episcopal Ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington
Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will celebrate his first Mass in the Cathedral, or “mother church” of the Archdiocese of Washington. The cathedral is the church where the “cathedra” or bishop’s chair, representing the teaching authority of the bishop, is located. The Mass is open to the public.

Monday, June 26-Monday, July 3: Pilgrimage to Rome/Archbishop Wuerl to Receive Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI

Each year on June 29, the Pope presents new metropolitan archbishops (a metropolitan heads the lead diocese within a province, or group of dioceses) with a pallium. This light wool vestment is worn by the archbishop as a visible sign of his pastoral authority within his province, and of his communion with the Holy Father as the successor to St. Peter and shepherd of the universal Church. A pilgrimage group from Washington and Pittsburgh will join Archbishop Wuerl as he receives the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Details are online at

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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