Vatican Priest to be Ordained Archbishop in Washington on July 11

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July 09, 2009

Reverend J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a priest with the Vatican, will be ordained a Catholic archbishop at a Mass in Washington, DC this weekend:

Saturday, July 11, 2009
Mass: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Archbishop-designate Di Noia lived in Washington, DC before being tapped in 2002 to serve at the Vatican as Undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On June 16, 2009, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI as an archbishop and the Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Emeritus of Louisville Thomas Kelly, O.P., who was spiritual director for Archbishop-designate Di Noia during seminary, will serve as the ordaining bishops during the ceremony. At least 11 other cardinals and bishops and more than 100 priests are expected to concelebrate.

The Mass of Ordination is steeped in tradition and history. During the Mass, Archbishop-designate Di Noia will commit to fulfilling the role of bishop (to teach, sanctify and rule). The attending bishops will lay their hands on his head, welcoming him into their ranks for service to the Church. A third century prayer of consecration will be read, the new archbishop’s head will be anointed and he will receive the signs of his new office: the Gospel (responsibility to preach); ring (authority and marriage to the Church); miter (tall hat representing his call to be a herald of truth); and crozier (staff representing his role as spiritual shepherd).

Archbishop-designate 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-designate 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.

The ordination will be aired live on EWTN and Catholic TV (available on Comcast in New England and on

Susan Gibbs
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