This past week I visited two vicariates, the South Bronx and East Manhattan. The Archdiocese of New York is broken down into 19 different geographic regions, called vicariates, each with a local vicar. Shortly after my installation last April, I began to visit each of the vicariates, beginning with those in the upper counties of the Archdiocese. Each of the vicariate visits begins with a dinner for the local priests and deacons, followed by a prayer service with members of every parish in the region, and concludes with a reception. I come away energized and uplifted by the goodness and the faith of both the clergy and the laity that I am privileged to meet. They welcome me so warmly, and I am humbled that they have so quickly accepted me as their new Archbishop.
A special word of thanks to Bishop Josu Iriondo, vicar for the South Bronx, and Msgr. Robert Arce, pastor of Saint Margaret Mary parish, who hosted me last Monday evening, and to Msgr. Thomas Modugno, vicar for East Manhattan and pastor of Saint Monica’s parish, who hosted me last night, and all those who attended. I’m very much looking forward to visiting that “Pearl of the Atlantic,” Staten Island, this coming Tuesday night!
God bless you and may you all have a wonderful weekend.