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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Gainer to Harrisburg Diocese24 Jan

Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of the Diocese of LexingtonPope Francis has appointed Lexington Bishop Ronald W. Gainer to the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Here is the statement from Bishop Gainer:

“Today at 10:00 a.m. there will be a press conference at the Harrisburg Catholic Center and I will be introduced as the next Bishop of Harrisburg. I learned of my transfer from the Diocese of Lexington to the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, on Monday, January 13, when a call from the Apostolic Nunciature informed me of the decision of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Diocese of Harrisburg has been without a bishop since last May when Bishop Joseph McFadden died suddenly.

“While I was completely surprised and, quite frankly, stunned by the news of my transfer, I willingly and happily accept our Supreme Pastor’s decision as God’s will for us and for me. The Mass for my installation will take place in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. Upon the public notification of my transfer, that is today, I become the Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Lexington.

“In the coming weeks there will be opportunities for me to express my sincere gratitude to all the faithful of the diocese and to say our good-byes. For now I humbly ask for a remembrance in your daily prayers and at Mass, as together we face the challenges of this transition. Pray especially for the faithful of the Harrisburg Diocese as I prepare to join them as their shepherd and know that I will continue to pray for the faithful of the Lexington Diocese. May God bless us all we move forward into this new chapter in the life of the Church.”

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky appreciates the many years Bishop Gainer has served in Kentucky. We are especially grateful for his homilies during celebrations for Catholics @ the Capitol in Frankfort and for his annual reflections given at our annual the Health Care Summit. He has been a supportive leader on issues of great importance to the preservation of human life and dignity, both for the unborn and for those considered the least among us. We pray for his continued service to the Church in Harrisburg and to all who live in its diocesan boundaries.

Click here to read statements from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, and Bishop William Medley of Owensboro.

Click here to read the announcement on the Harrisburg Diocesan website.
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