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Diocese of Buffalo's new bishop to be installed Aug. 10

by jmaloni
Sun, Aug 5th 2012 07:00 am

A Mass of Installation for Bishop Richard J. Malone will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., in Buffalo.

He is scheduled to arrive in Buffalo the Friday, Aug. 3, at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

"Since my appointment, I have learned a great deal about the faithful of the diocese, their incredible compassion and generosity to those in need and the countless ministries that make a positive difference in peoples' lives on a daily basis," Malone said. "I look forward to joining this effort as we continue to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Western New York."

Malone will be the principal celebrant of the Mass, as he becomes the 14th bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo. He succeeds Bishop Kmiec, who has led the diocese since Oct. 28, 2004. Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Kmiec's letter of resignation on May 29. Upon his retirement, Bishop Kmiec will become bishop emeritus of Buffalo.

Presiding at the installation will be Cardinal Timothy J. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, archbishop of Boston; and Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York.

More than two dozen bishops from the U.S. and Canada are scheduled to concelebrate the installation Mass, including Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, archbishop of Hartford and former bishop of Buffalo; Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse and a native of Kenmore; and Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop of Erie and a native of Buffalo. Priests and deacons from the Diocese of Buffalo, Diocese of Portland and Archdiocese of Boston will also participate.

More than 70 singers and musicians will take part in the Mass.

Petitions will be read in several different languages, including Spanish, Burmese, Vietnamese, Korean, Polish and Italian.

Because of limited seating (the cathedral capacity is 1,200), the installation Mass is a ticketed event.

Broadcast and social media details of the installation Mass will be announced the week of Aug. 6.

In the weeks following his installation, Malone will travel throughout Western New York as he continues to familiarize himself with the diocese, its people and its ministries.

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