Families, friends celebrate with new Rockville Centre auxiliaries
Published: July 30, 2012
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CNS) -- At a joy-filled liturgy rich in symbolic tradition, the Diocese of Rockville Centre's two newest auxiliary bishops were ordained at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre July 25. Introducing Bishops Nelson J. Perez and Robert J. Brennan, Bishop William F. Murphy, who heads the diocese, instructed the congregation to "see in these two priests the successors of the first apostles." The cathedral was filled with members of the Perez and Brennan families, friends and co-workers, along with close to 200 priests and deacons from the Rockville Centre Diocese, where Bishop Brennan is vicar general and a pastor, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is Bishop Perez's home archdiocese. At the altar with Bishop Murphy were co-consecrators, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Auxiliary Bishop Paul H. Walsh of Rockville Centre; three cardinals and dozens of other bishops. Following ancient tradition, Bishop Murphy laid his hands on his new auxiliaries' heads, conferring the power of the Holy Spirit. In a show of collegiality, each of the other bishops in attendance followed suit.
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