“In all things, give thanks.” (Thessalonians 5:18)
On Thursday 22 February 2018, an event took place which was significant for the Wollongong Diocese—the ordination of Bishop Brian Mascord. Bishop Brian’s installation as the fifth Bishop of Wollongong took place in the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. He has taken as his motto a verse from Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians: “In all things, give thanks.”
The venue was gracefully transformed into an inviting liturgical space, fit for the occasion. Amongst the 4,000 guests were 12 St Pat’s girls who stood as representatives for the whole St Patrick’s College community. Also representing the College were Mrs Lennox, Dr Bourne, and her husband Mr Bourne, and Mr Gattone.
Archbishop Fisher, archbishop of Sydney archdiocese, was the principal presider. The event was a joyous one with 31 other bishops and over 100 priests present. Also present was the Papal Nuncio (the Pope’s representative in Australia) who delivered Pope Francis’s words of commissioning and blessing. Music delivered by various school bands and choirs filled the auditorium. Bishop Brian, who has a well-trained singing voice, also delivered an acapella solo performance of a specially-written song.
The St Patrick’s College community extends its congratulations to Bishop Brian Mascord and we also extend to him our warmest welcome as we look forward to his leadership and pastoral care. We pray that our God, who has begun his work in Bishop Brian, will bring it to fulfilment.
Angelo Gattone - Mission Coordinator