Bishop Zubik takes helm in Pittsburgh
More than 2,000, including Green Bay contingent, attend installation Mass Sept. 28
By John Franko
|NEW BISHOP: Bishop David A. Zubik, center, celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist during his installation Mass Sept. 28 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh with Archbishop Pietro Sambi, left, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. Bishop Zubik, who was head of the Diocese of Green Bay when he was named 12th bishop of Pittsburgh, is a native of the city and a former auxiliary of the diocese. (CNS photo/Douglas Kaup, Pittsburgh Catholic)
PITTSBURGH -- Bishop David Zubik challenged the faithful to be excited about their faith as he took his place as the 12th shepherd of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
More than 2,000 people, including approximately 150 faithful from the Diocese of Green Bay, witnessed his installation during the ancient ceremonial rites Sept. 28 at St. Paul Cathedral.
"What an awesome responsibility it is to be the shepherd of such wonderful people," he said as he addressed the diocese for the first time.
With his installation, Bishop Zubik filled the episcopal seat that had been vacant since Bishop Donald Wuerl was appointed archbishop of Washington, D.C., in June 2006.
The Votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen by Bishop Zubik because of his belief that Mary's discipleship inspires him in faithful obedience to the will of God and
to the pope.
The concelebrating archbishops included: Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia; Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States; Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston and Houston; Archbishop John Nienstadt, coadjutor of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston; and Archbishop Wuerl.
Also attending the installation were Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop emeritus of
Philadelphia, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington.
Among the more than two dozen bishops in attendance were: Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau and Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks of Green Bay; and Auxiliary Bishop Paul Bradley of Pittsburgh.
Archbishop Sambi reminded Bishop Zubik that the role of the bishop is to be a "man of prayer" who carries out the challenging mandate of proclaiming the word.
"We are truly confident that as a shepherd after the heart of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, you will lead this flock in the path of holiness, especially through the example of your own charity, humility and simplicity of life, making the means of your people your own through prayer and action," he said.
As part of the Rite of Canonical Possession, Archbishop Sambi read the apostolic mandate from Pope Benedict XVI which named Bishop Zubik to the See of Pittsburgh. He then asked the bishop if he was willing to accept the position in the tradition of the apostolic faith.
Bishop Zubik affirmed that he will accept the pastoral care of the people of God in the diocese, adding, "I resolve to serve faithfully the spiritual needs of this local church."
In accordance with canon law, Arlene McGannon, chancellor, called forward the College of Consultors, who examined the mandate. She then displayed it to the congregation before she certified its inspection.
Cardinal Rigali and Archbishop Sambi then led Bishop Zubik to the cathedra - or episcopal chair - and presented him with his crosier, the sign of his episcopal office.
The act was recognized with a prolonged round of applause from the congregation.
Bishop Zubik was then greeted by representatives of the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as by leaders of other faith communities, and civic and governmental leaders.
In his homily, Bishop Zubik recognized the Diocese of Green Bay, stating that it was his distinct pleasure to serve the nearly 400,000 faithful in that area of northeastern Wisconsin.
"They have taught me what it means to stand tall and strong, to be courageous, to be prayerful," he said.
Bishop Zubik asked the congregation to recognize members of the Green Bay delegation with a round of applause.
The bishop was assisted during the liturgy by Deacon Timothy Reilly, director of administration for the Diocese of Green Bay, who served as a master of ceremonies.
Bishop Zubik thanked Archbishop Wuerl for teaching him what it means to be a man of the church. He also recognized Bishop Bradley for his strong leadership during the 15 months he served as diocesan administrator.
Bishop Zubik thanked his parents, Stanley and the late Susan, for introducing him to God, teaching him the importance of the church and how to pray, and for opening his eyes to the gifts that God gave him.
"They challenged that I live those talents for the honor and glory of God, and for the service of God's people," he said. "They've taught me literally, not only how to believe, but
how to love."
Bishop Zubik pointed out that faithful are challenged to be more dependent on God by the way they drop to their knees in prayer and how they come to celebrate the Eucharist.
By doing so, he noted, others will come to recognize Jesus through them.
The bishop said that God challenges all faithful to stand up for the value of human life, from conception to natural death.
They must make sure, he added, that they never become so haughty that they turn a deaf ear to the poorest of the poor, or take positions that hurt those on the fringes of society.
"The Gospel, our faith, calls us to be the hands and the hearts of Jesus to people who need his love most," he said.
Bishop Zubik said that the faithful cannot be procrastinators when it comes to living the faith. Through words of love and deeds of service, they must do what God wants them to do today.
Archbishop Wuerl said that by taking his place at the cathedra, Bishop Zubik highlighted the reality of the episcopal office and the apostolic succession.
"My prayer for you Bishop Zubik, is that your ministry from that chair will not only be for the Church of Pittsburgh, but for you personally, a time of joy, pastoral satisfaction, all driven by something you demonstrate so clearly - a passion for service to Christ in his church," he said.