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Bishop Justice

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Bishop Justice ordained
December 17th, 2008
By Catholic San Francisco

Nearly two dozen bishops, more than 300 priests and deacons and a standing-room-only cathedral of worshippers attended and celebrated the May 28 episcopal ordination of San Francisco’s Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s 16th auxiliary bishop was challenged “to respond in loving service to his sisters and brothers in Christ” and model himself after the Apostle St. Peter in the ordination Mass homily by San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer, principal consecrator.

Principal co-consecrators were Reno Bishop Randolph Calvo, a longtime friend of Bishop Justice, and Bishop John Wester, also a friend and a San Francisco auxiliary bishop until named to head the Salt Lake City Diocese last year.

Dignitaries attending included Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, more than a dozen representatives of different faiths, and several government officials.

In his remarks, the newly ordained bishop underscored his roots in the Archdiocese. “I have lived in the Archdiocese for 62 of my 66 years - all in these three counties,” he said. “I grew up in San Mateo County, and ministered there for 20 ½ years; I served in San Francisco for 19 ½ years, and I was assigned as a deacon in Marin County for - one month.”

He repeated several times, “This is my home. It is our home.”

The announcement of Bishop Justice’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI was made April 10.

From June 13, 2008 issue of Catholic San Francisco



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