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Bishops Reed and O'Connell ordained auxiliaries for Boston Archdiocese


  • Bishops Reed and O'Connell are pictured following their ordination. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Bishops O’Connell and Reed lie prostrate before the altar. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Cardinal O’Malley imposes his hands on Bishop O’Connell. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • The cardinal presents the crosier to Bishop Reed. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Bishop Reed offers his remarks at the conclusion of the Mass. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Bishop O’Connell blesses the assembly. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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BOSTON -- In a packed Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordained Bishop Robert P. Reed and Bishop Mark O'Connell auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston, Aug. 24.

Following the opening procession, which included hundreds of priests and nearly three dozen bishops and archbishops from around the region and the country, the Rite of Ordination began with the presentation of the bishops-elect to Cardinal O'Malley. After the papal mandates for the ordination of Bishops Reed and O'Connell were presented to Cardinal O'Malley and the assembly, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre then read the mandates out loud to the assembly.

The assembly, having heard the mandates, applauded as a sign of consent of the two bishops-elect becoming bishops.

In his homily, Cardinal O'Malley spoke of the apostles and how their love of God and their devotion to their vocations, their "gifts of ministry," have been "passed on with the laying on of hands."

"Today, in our presence, Father Reed and Father O'Connell will receive the same ordination and share in the apostles' role. Jesus is calling these men to follow him, and to be shepherds after his own heart," said the cardinal.

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