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Archbishop Russell's ordination an historic moment for Boston Archdiocese


  • Archbishop Russell pauses at the ambo of the cathedral before giving his final remarks. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Cardinal O’Malley with Archbishop Russell in the cathedral sacristy before the ordination. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Father Edward Zaorksi of Detroit and Father James Flavin assist Archbishop Russell during the Mass. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • The Chargé D’Affaires of the Apostolic Nuncio, Msgr. Walter Erbì, displays the Apostolic Mandate. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Archbishop Russell lies prostrate during the Litany of Supplication. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • The cardinal lays his hands on Archbishop Russell. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- After spending many years serving the Church abroad, Archbishop Paul F. Russell returned to the Archdiocese of Boston to be ordained an archbishop by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, June 3.

Archbishop Russell, who was born in Greenfield, Mass. grew up in Michigan and attended St. John's Seminary in Brighton, was named titular archbishop of Novi and apostolic nuncio (ambassador) to Turkey and Turkmenistan by Pope Francis on March 19.

Prior to his ordination, Archbishop Russell served at the Vatican and at nunciatures in Ethiopia, Turkey, Switzerland, and Nigeria before being named head of the Vatican diplomatic mission in Taiwan in 2008.

His ordination served as a historic moment for the Archdiocese of Boston, as he is the first priest in the archdiocese to be ordained for service as a nuncio in the Holy See's diplomatic service. In addition, he is the first bishop to receive all three of the orders -- deacon, presbyter and bishop -- of the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Bishops and priests from across the country attended the ordination. In addition, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios was present as a representative of Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

Co-consecrators were Archbishop Allen Henry Vigneron, the Archbishop of Detroit, and Archbishop Leo William Cushley, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland.

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