Bishops John A. Dooher and Robert F. Hennessey lie prostrate during their Dec. 12 episcopal ordination. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
SOUTH END -- The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe engraved on their episcopal rings should inspire Bishops John A. Dooher and Robert F. Hennessey to be courageous in their ministry, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley told the new bishops at their ordination Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The crowd at the ordination more than filled the 1,800-seat Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The ceremony was attended by over 30 bishops and more than 300 priests and leaders from other religious faiths, including executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches Rev. Diane Kessler and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.
The ordination began with a procession and the Mass readings. The rite of episcopal ordination followed. The bishops-elect were presented for ordination and the apostolic letters of appointment were read.
Then, in his homily Cardinal O’Malley explained the significance of the bishops’ rings, which are a sign of their betrothal to the Church, and their insignia.
The particular image of Our Lady of Guadeloupe was brought to Japan by Mexican missionaries in the early 16th century. It was placed on medallions called “fumies” and entire villages of people were asked to tread on them. Those who refused were tortured to death. The witness of those martyrs should encourage Catholics to live a life of fidelity even in the most hostile circumstances, the cardinal said.