Bp. Zubik to be installed Dec. 12 at St. Agnes
The 2 p.m. Mass will be shown live on Green Bay channel 11
By Renae Bauer
Approximately 1,500 Catholics will witness first-hand Bp. David
Zubik become the 11th Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese at the Mass
of Installation at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in St. Agnes Church, Green Bay. A
reception will follow at the Radisson Hotel.
Others will be able to watch the Mass live on WLUK-TV (Fox 11)
or listen on WJOK radio (1050 AM). Sr. Ann Rehrauer, president of
the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Bay Settlement,
along with Fox 11 personalities will guide viewers through the
symbolic and ancient rituals as they unfold. The Mass is expected
to last until 4 p.m.
Priests, deacons and their wives, parish directors and men and
women members of religious communities will gather to welcome him
to the diocese the night before at a Vespers Service (evening
prayers) in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Dec. 11.
Both the Vespers and Mass of Installation are by invitation
Numerous cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons and their wives,
parish directors, men and women of religious communities, parish
representatives, and friends and members of Bp. Zubik's family will
attend the Mass.
Abp. Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio (the pope's ambassador
to the United States), will read Bp. Zubik's letter of appointment.
He then will join Abp. Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee in escorting Bp.
Zubik in a solemn procession to the Episcopal chair, or cathedra,
and will present Bp. Zubik with his crosier, or staff.
At the moment he takes his seat on the cathedra, Bp. Zubik
assumes the pastoral office as chief shepherd of the diocese as
assigned to him by Pope John Paul. The assembly will acknowledge
and welcome Bp. Zubik as their spiritual leader by applauding.
Because the Installation will be on Dec. 12 - the Feast of Our
Lady of Guadalupe - the Mass will include several Spanish
components. The feast day celebrates the 1531 apparition of Mary at
Guadalupe to Juan Diego, a Mexican Indian. The apparition and
subsequent related miracles are credited for beginning the massive
conversion of Latin Americans to Catholicism.
Pope John Paul appointed Bp. Zubik to Green Bay on Oct. 10. Bp.
Zubik, 54, will be one of the youngest diocesan bishops in the
He is a native of the Pittsburgh Diocese, where he was ordained
a priest in 1975 and consecrated a bishop in 1997. He has served
the Pittsburgh Diocese his entire life.
Bp. Zubik succeeds Bp. Robert Banks who has served since 1990.
Bp. Banks submitted his resignation to the Holy Father on Feb. 26,
2003, at age 75 in accord with church law.
Bp. Banks was elected on Oct. 10 by the Diocesan College of
Consultors to serve as diocesan administrator until Bp. Zubik's
installation. Church law requires election of a diocesan
administrator when a diocese is temporarily without a bishop.
The Green Bay was established in 1868. It is home to 381,000
Catholics - 41% of northeastern Wisconsin's population. The 186
parishes are served by 128 pastors or associate pastors. The
diocese covers 10,728 square miles in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet,
Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette,
Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and