“When a new Pastor is appointed for a parish it is appropriate that he be publically installed by a liturgical rite.... The Bishop is the usual celebrant of this rite.” (#2012, 2013, Book of Blessings)
In the coming weeks, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will install 10 recently appointed Pastors in their new parishes. They include:
Rev. Robert Ippolito, M.S., St. Stephen the First Martyr, Sanford on July 24;
Rev. Ryszard Kolodzie, St. Brendan the Navigator, Shallotte on August 4;
Rev. Thomas Davis, St. Egbert, Morehead City on August 5;
Rev. Johanes Raharjo, C.I.C.M., St. Eugene, Wendell on August 6;
Rev. Marcos Leon, St. Ann, Clayton on August 7;
Rev. Rafael Leon-Valencia, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton Grove on August 8;
Rev. Patrick Keane, St. Mary, Goldsboro on August 22;
Rev. Marcos Gonzales, Sacred Heart, Whiteville on August 23;
Rev. John Alex Gonzales, Transfiguration, Wallace on August 26;
Rev. Douglas Smiley, Good Shepherd, Hope Mills on January 27 (following medical leave).
The ritual for installing a new Pastor begins with a greeting by the Bishop, after which the Bishop entrusts the parish to the new Pastor. He concludes with these words: “Father may you always serve the parish with zeal, fidelity, and sincere devotion so that all people may come to know Jesus Christ our one true High Priest and Shepherd.”
The Installation continues after the Gospel -- which is ordinarily proclaimed by the new Pastor -- with the Presentation of the new Pastor to his parish.
After the homily, the new Pastor renews the promises he made at his Ordination. The Bishop then reminds the new pastor to “always be a loving father, a gentle shepherd, and a wise teacher of your people...” and invites him as the teacher of the faith to lead his people in the Profession of Faith (Creed) which is said by all.
At the conclusion of the Profession of Faith, the new Pastor publicly recites the Oath of Fidelity, affirming his belief in all that the Church teaches, both written and handed down in tradition. In addition he pledges adherence to the teachings of the Roman Pontiff and the College of Bishops when they exercise the authentic magisterium.
The Parish Staff and Pastoral Council are then invited forward to greet their new Pastor on behalf of the Parish community. The Installation Ritual concludes with remarks from the new Pastor after Communion.