Vatican Priest Ordained Archbishop in DC Ceremony; Watch Ordination Online

July 13, 2009

Reverend J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a priest with the Vatican, was ordained a Catholic archbishop at a Mass held July 11, 2009 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

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Archbishop Di Noia has close ties with Washington, having lived in the city 20 years before being tapped in 2002 to serve at the Vatican as Undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Benedict XVI named him an archbishop and the Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on June 16, 2009.

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the principal consecrator for the ordination. The two co-consecrators were Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Emeritus of Louisville Thomas Kelly, O.P., who was spiritual director for Archbishop Di Noia during seminary. Nearly 20 other cardinals and bishops and more than 100 priests concelebrated the Mass before a crowd of more than 2,200 people, including family and friends.

Archbishop Di Noia was born in New York on July 10, 1943. He was ordained a Dominican priest in 1970, and served on the faculty of Providence College. He later joined the faculty of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC and was an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies. He received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1980. Archbishop Di Noia was executive director for the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1993 to 2001. Immediately prior to joining the Vatican in 2002, he was director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

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