From Fr. Kitsmiller

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Last Thursday, January 31st, the Holy See announced that Bishop Robert Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center in New York is to be the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, replacing Bishop Frederick Campbell who will be retiring. Bishop Brennan will be installed on Friday, March 29th, at St. Joseph Cathedral. Bishop Brennan was born on June 7, 1962 in the Bronx, the oldest of five children. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Center in 1989. He served as a pastor, the vicar general of the diocese, and served on several boards, including the board of directors of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. He was ordained a bishop in 2012 along with Bishop Nelson Perez, the Bishop of Cleveland. Bishop Brennan has provided a video message to all the faithful of the Diocese of Columbus. You can access it here: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=KvNbzw0iPao. There is also an interview with Bishop Brennan that can be accessed at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mw6l0BJlzHA. It provides a lot of insights on Bishop Brennan’s background and work in the Diocese of Rockville Center. We pray for Bishop Brennan as he prepares to be our chief shepherd of our diocese. We look forward to him coming to us. We pray for Bishop Campbell as he retires as our Ordinary and thank him for his many years of faithful service to our diocese. 

This Sunday, the Church celebrates World Marriage Day. World Marriage Day is the initiative of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Catholic organization for the promotion and betterment of Christian marriage. It particularly seeks to buildup marriage through its weekend Marriage Encounter and Engaged Encounter retreats. It also provides a host of other resources on its website: http://www. wwme.org. World Marriage Day, which is always celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February, is a day to honor husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. On this day, we invoke the Lord’s blessings upon on married couples and pray that their marriages may be strengthened. 

Have a blessed week! 
Fr. Kitsmiller 
Administrator Pro Tem