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Bishop Gainer installed in Harrisburg Diocese

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 12:13 AM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

Nearly a quarter million Catholics in our area have a new Bishop after the installment of the Most Reverend Ronald Gainer Wednesday at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.

Bishop Gainer became the 11th Bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese in a ceremony of great pageantry which included over 400 priests, 26 bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, and the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Before the installment, CBS21 found many different organizations preparing for the ceremony in the basement of the Cathedral.
Bishop McDevitt High School Teacher Farris Beshara was thrilled to be playing in the band and was preparing to play Gloria in Excelsis and Ubi Caritas for the ceremony.

Joseph Roehm, a student at Lancaster Catholic High School was chosen to help deliver the “gifts” to the alter.  He says he is a devout youth who sees great promise in the new Bishop who has a background in Catholic Educaiton.

Joseph Gercewski attends Northeastern High School and was very sad at the passing of former Bishop Joseph McFadden last fall.  He was one of a select few who were presented to the Bishop in the ceremony.

Bishop Ronald Gainer is a native of Pottsville who served 29 years in the diocese of Allentown and then 11 years as the Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.

In his homely, he said he is happy to be coming back to his routes but will also miss Kentucky.

“While the song of my heart now will once again be the “Pennsylvania Polka,” there will always be an echo of “My Old Kentucky Home” deep within in me.

He called this a new chapter for the Harrisburg Diocese and promised to dedicate his life to Catholics in the 15 Counties he will now lead.

Bishop Gainer installed in Harrisburg Diocese

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