From a reader:
Fr. Z – our Bishop Michael Burbidge continues to be a blessing to his flock, keeping the Holy Father’s "Marshall Plan" always before us, thank God. See the Bishop’s letter on the anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum, below.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this Feast of the Exaltation of the Lord’s Holy Cross, and on this first anniversary of the implementation of our Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, I express my shared joy with everyone in our Diocese who is devoted to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. It has been edifying for me, as your bishop, to witness how this great treasure of our Faith has served as a refreshing font of faith and beauty for so many.
During the past year, several priests have received training, both formally and informally, in the proper offering of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. As a result, the celebration of the Extraordinary Form has been extended to several Parishes throughout our Diocese. I am grateful to Father Paul Parkerson for his leadership and for all those priests who have willingly and graciously made this a part of their parish ministry. They can be assured of my continued support.
I remain committed to the vision of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, as he shepherds the Church along the path of greater unity, continuity, reform, and renewal. The Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, officially implemented one year ago, today, continues to be an essential part of that vision for which we should all be grateful.
Be assured of my continued prayers for you and all your families, and I ask that you remember me and all the priests of the diocese in your prayers. Additionally, I request that you please join me in praying for a great increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life especially as you form your intentions for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, may Our Lord Jesus continue to shower His abundant blessings upon you and keep you always in His care.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh