Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will be installed as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
We are all invited to welcome Bishop Kirkpatrick in prayer (see below) and by attending the installation events:
Installation Mass will be Monday, February 3, 2020, at 3pm at St. Ninian Cathedral.
Evening prayer will be held at 7pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at St. Ninian Cathedral.
A reception will follow each event.
Five Questions with Bishop Kirkpatrick:
(From This Month in the Diocese, January 2020)
1. You were born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. What are your impressions of Nova Scotia and our diocese?
I have visited the area in the past. It will be a new experience for me living in Atlantic Canada. I will no doubt learn more in the weeks ahead. I’m eager to learn and listen. What I know already is that it’s a beautiful area, and famous for its Atlantic hospitality with friendly and kind people. I have experienced a taste of that already. After some of the Christmas Masses in the Archdiocese of Toronto, quite a number of people from the Atlantic region who are living in Ontario have reached out to me. They have enthusiastically assured me that it is truly wonderful place to live and how they look forward to returning.
2. When will you arrive in Antigonish, and what will some of your first tasks be?
I’ll be arriving toward the end of January. My first task is to listen and learn. I hope to be able to journey with the clergy and people, meet them where they are at and learn from them what is needed.
3. You are coming to us from the largest Archdiocese in Canada. Are there similar issues facing our populations?
Of course, there are similar issues but at the same time every Diocese has its own personality, history, needs and charisms. I would say that one similar issue that faces our people is the need for evangelization. It is about helping people to grow in faith and understand how our faith helps us live our lives.
4. You bring to our diocese a great range of experience including canon law, ecumenism/interfaith, and vocations. How would you summarize the role of a bishop and diocese in the world today?
My role is to be a shepherd, helping to guide and direct our people under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
5. In your rare moments of down time, what do you do for fun?
I am a fairly quiet and reflective person. I enjoy walking and cycling.
Diocesan Prayer for our new bishop:
Gracious God, we are thankful for the gift
of our new Bishop, Most Rev. Wayne Kirkpatrick.
We, the Community of Believers of the Diocese of Antigonish, trust deeply in your Divine Providence and in your desire to provide for the needs of our diocesan family. May Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick be filled with zeal for the Gospel as he ministers as one who is gentle, wise, merciful and devoted in love for your people. May we, your family, receive the grace to welcome our new Bishop as our Brother in Christ.
As he begins his new Ministry as Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish, we pray that he be filled with gospel courage, wisdom and a deep spirit of consolation. May we welcome him and assure him of our prayer, presence and support as we begin our new journey of faith together.
St. Ninian, Pray for Us. Amen
About Bishop Kirkpatrick:
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