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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.