Friday, May 2, 2008

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis officially has a new archbishop!


Archbishop Harry Flynn, who is celebrating his 75th birthday today, received a birthday present from Pope Benedict... his request to formally retire has been granted. Archbishop Flynn has done a good job shepherding this archdiocese, with the foremost of his accomplishments being the amazing job he has done fostering vocations to the priesthood. The surest way of evaluating the health of a diocese or parish is to look at the number of vocations being produced. St. John Vianney minor seminary at the University of St. Thomas (in Minneapolis, MN) has so many young men now discerning the priesthood that they are building a new dorm building to house them all! Archbishop Flynn will continue to be in our prayers as he enjoys his retirement, thanks for all you have done and all those you have served!

This also means that as of 5am this morning we have a new archbishop! Archbishop John Niestedt now has the full reins (he has been coadjutor of this archdiocese as of last year, appointed by Pope Benedict), and we look forward to his leadership. Our prayers and support are with you! I think he would appreciate the prayers of all the readers of this blog as well, his leadership and fidelity to the teachings of the Church, and his focus on proclaiming the Gospel and articulating the Church's teaching on moral issues such as abortion and so-called homosexual marriage, have already earned him the ire of the media here.
Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt

The Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, MN

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