Thursday, August 17, 2006

Archbishop Green: The Details

For those curious, word's tripped the wire that Archbishop-elect James P. Green will be ordained to the episcopacy on 6 September in Rome. The ordination liturgy will take place at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter's Basilica with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the outgoing Secretary of State, as principal consecrator. Cardinal Justin Rigali -- a 30-year veteran of San Damaso and its missions -- will serve as a co-consecrator.

First word on the street is that South Africa is an unusually prestigious post for a first-time nuncio. This is very true; the last American to serve there, Archbishop Ambrose DePaoli, received it as his second assignment after a five year stint in Sri Lanka. (DePaoli currently serves as nuncio to Australia.)

Archbishop Green will return home in late September, and a Philadelphia celebration will take place in the Cathedral-Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on the 29th of next month.

I've got my confetti.