D-Day for K-Far
Suffice it to say, the visiting clerics are getting into the local spirit... even if there was nothing planned for non-locals last night. The prelate of the hour is shown at left during last evening's Vespers service in Big D's Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe.
In its big lead-in, the Morning News spoke of the "high hopes [and] growth pains" that mark the 59 year-old Farrell's entrance into the heart of Texas:
He'll start his tenure by bringing plenty of humility – and getting plenty of advice.The paper's website, dallasnews.com, will live-stream the Installation Mass beginning at 2pm local time (1900GMT).
While settling into Dallas last week, he offered a bit of Scripture that seemed particularly apt: the story from the Gospel of Luke about the Apostles caught in a boat during a storm.
"I guess they are only comforted by the fact that they know that God or Christ is with them. I am also comforted," he said.
He'll surely bring significant changes to the diocese Bishop Grahmann has led since 1990. But the new bishop is asking for patience: He's long on hopes but short on details.
"I just have what I would call a general knowledge of how the Diocese of Dallas functions and works," he said. "I have tried to follow it as much as I can from a distance of a three-hour plane flight. It's not that easy to do."...
"What is going to be my agenda? What am I going to do new or different? I wish I knew. That would make my life a lot easier," he said. "I wish there were a textbook written on all of this. There aren't any such things."
Despite his scriptural reference to a storm, the new bishop is more likely to find a honeymoon than a hurricane, at least initially. Even some critics of the diocese under Bishop Grahmann say they're looking forward to meeting the new man.
Bill Betzen is a former diocesan counselor who became an outspoken critic of Bishop Grahmann's handling of clergy sex abuse scandals.
"Hopefully, he's a very saintly man who is very comfortable with coming out and answering the questions people put to him," said Mr. Betzen, now a middle school teacher. "He's going to have some very uncomfortable questions. As long as he doesn't run from them, we've taken a major step forward."
PHOTO: Robert Bunch/The Texas Catholic