Because he was the pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Center for 13 1/2 years, there were hundreds of Aggie Catholics on hand, including dozens of priests who credit their call to the priesthood to Bishop Mike.
The joy in the room was palpable, as you can tell from the photos. Some touches you might want to know about:
- Bishop Mike's father is a permanent deacon who was on the altar and who proclaimed the Gospel.
- Bishop Mike's Episcopal ring, as sign of his office, was made from broken jewelry from his parents. It has a fisherman's hook on it as a sign of his apostolic call to be a fisher of men.
- Bishop Mike's crosier was made by Fr. David Konderla, our Pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Center.
|The Apostolic Nuncio reads the letter from Pope Francis|
|Bishop-elect Mike takes it all in.|
|Bishop-elect Mike lies prostrate in preparation for ordination.|
|Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Sillar, of San Antonio, ordains Bishop Mike.|
|The Book of the Gospels is held over his head as a sign of his faithfulness to the Good News.|
|Bishop Mike is anointed with oil.|
|Bishop Mike is presented with his ring (made from broken jewelry of his parents, his miter and his crosier (which was made by his friend and our Pastor - Fr. David Konderla)|
|Bishop Mike is seated as Bishop of San Angelo, next to his father, who is a permanent Deacon (who proclaimed the Gospel).|
|Bishop Mike blesses his mother.|
|Bishop Mike's mother kisses the newly ordained Bishop while his father looks on.|
|Bishop Michael J. Sis, Bishop of San Angelo.|
|Bishop Mike processes around the arena blessing the people during shouts of joy and applause.|
|The Bishops leave the arena.|
|Dominicans with Bishop Mike.|
|Aggie Catholics with Bishop Mike (and one confused child).|
Thanks to Jaime Roman, Jr. and Randy Light for the pictures!