Thursday, October 14, 2010

"It's Gustavo!"

...and now, it's official -- as broken on these pages last night, at Roman Noon today, B16 named Gustavo García-Siller to San Antonio, where the archbishop-elect will be formally introduced at a presser scheduled for 10am Central time.

As ever, and we're off... for now, though, given the unusually high level of happiness over this one -- an elation extending from the Windy City to his former SoCal stomping grounds, from left to right to the heart of the Lone Star State -- matachines, go:

SVILUPPO: Already, Santone chancery has announced the sixth archbishop's installation date for 23 November... and here, a quote from the Pope's "shock pick," with his reaction on getting news of the appointment:
“I felt a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of the Archdiocese. I felt real happiness and joy tempered by a deep awareness of the great responsibility I had been asked to embrace. From the moment I said yes, I felt, in faith, a deep affection for the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.”
Now the 18th Latin-rite metropolitan (of 32) named by B16 since his 2005 election, García-Siller is the second Chicago auxiliary to leave town in just the last six months; the new archbishop's ordination classmate, the "Holy Goalie" Bishop Tom Paprocki, was named to Illinois' capital-church of Springfield in April.