TO: The Gonzaga University Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.
SUBJ: Installation of the New Bishop of Spokane
DATE: August 25, 2010
On June 30, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Blase J. Cupich, currently serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the sixth bishop of Spokane. Bishop Cupich has been an active member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and currently serves, among other roles, as Chair of the Bishops' Committee on the Protection for Children and Young People. Among several graduate degrees, he holds a doctorate of Sacred Theology (S.T.D) in Sacramental Theology from Catholic University of America.
I am pleased to inform the Gonzaga Community that the Mass of Installation for Bishop Cupich will be held on the Gonzaga campus, on Friday, September 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Mass is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Although classes will be held as scheduled on that day, all members of the University Community who wish to attend are encouraged to do so. The installation of the Bishop is a historic event for the Diocese of Spokane; it has been more than 30 years since the Spokane Diocese has come together for such an occasion. It is expected that there will be significant attendance at this apostolic event. For over 120 years, Gonzaga University and the local Church have maintained a strong and positive relationship. It is Gonzaga's honor and privilege, as a Work of the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church, to host this joyous event and to actively participate in the welcome of our new Bishop.
About the Installation Mass
Over 30 bishops from throughout the United States have confirmed their plans to attend the Mass. At the beginning of the Mass of Installation, after the entrance procession, Archbishop Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will read the papal bull, the official hand-lettered document from Pope Benedict XVI appointing Bishop Cupich to the Spokane See. (The term “bull” refers to the lead seal, or bulla, which is affixed to the document.) Seattle’s Archbishop Alexander Brunett, as metropolitan archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Washington State, will lead Bishop Cupich to the cathedra, or bishop’s chair. Archbishop Sambi will present the crosier, or bishop’s staff, to Bishop Cupich. Bishop Cupich will take his seat in the chair, and the transfer of authority from Bishop Skylstad to Bishop Cupich will be complete. A reception will follow immediately after the Installation Mass concludes.