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Bishop Robert Reed: Living God's will 'has been the joy of my life'


  • Bishop Robert P. Reed Pilot photo/Laura Lee Richard
  • Nancy, Bill, Dick, Ken and baby Bob in the middle. (Photo courtesy/Bishop Reed)
  • First Communion, June 1967 with pastor, Msgr. Peter J. McDonough. (Photo courtesy/Bishop Reed)
  • 1981 Graduation from St. John Seminary College. (Photo courtesy/Bishop Reed)
  • Deacon with Pope St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. (Photo courtesy/Bishop Reed)
  • “The team” at Immaculate Conception, Malden : (l to r) Father Richard Harrington; Father Arnold Colletti, pastor; Father John Fitzgerald; and the “junior curate” Father Reed. (Photo courtesy/Bishop Reed)

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One would never guess that a professional communicator would find himself at a loss for words. But when Bishop Robert P. Reed received a phone call from Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano informing him that Pope Francis has just named him bishop, he was dumbfounded.

"I was speechless. I was literally speechless," Bishop Reed said.

Bishop Reed recounted that he was visiting friends in New Jersey when he saw two messages on his phone, asking that he call "Archbishop Vigano" on a "communications matter."

"When the secretary answered the phone saying 'Apostolic Nunciature,' I thought to myself, 'There's something going on here,'" he said.

Archbishop Vigano told Bishop Reed to pray for discernment before he decided to accept.

Bishop Reed jumped into his car to begin driving home but before pulling away, he phoned the closest Catholic church and asked if he could spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

"I stayed until the church was closing for the day," he said. "Then I called the nuncio and accepted."

"Because I love the priesthood -- and I truly do -- and because I've had so many incredible experiences and I've been influenced by so many people I've served, I see this (becoming a bishop) as a new chapter. I'm living out something that I'm convinced is what God wants me to do, and living out God's will for me has been the joy of my life," he said with a smile.

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