Happy Birthday to Bishop….

Happy Birthday to Bp. Edward Slattery of Tulsa, OK!  His Excellency turned 71.

We have featured His Excellency on this blog several times.  None, however, was more memorable than his stunning sermon at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. in 2010 sponsored by the Paulus Institute in honor of Pope Benedict’s election as our Sovereign Pontiff..

Bp. Slattery has been trying to revitalize the liturgical worship of the diocese in his care by good writing and ad orientem worship in his cathedral, and fine conferences on liturgical matters.  The FSSP are now there.  The Benedictines at Clear Creek are thriving.  Fr. Mark Kirby of Vultus Christi has something going.  This is what all diocesan bishops can do and he is actually doing it!

WDTPRS kudos to Bp. Slattery and, more importantly, “ad multos annos“!

If you feel like doing something nice for a fine American bishop, how about dropping him a line!  We know he appreciated your thanks after the big Mass in Washington DC.  I’ll bet he’d appreciate a cordial greeting now.  Click here.

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  1. Zosimas says:

    Ad Multos Annos to His Excellency! Birthday message sent.

  2. KAS says:

    Happy Birthday to his excellency!

    I enjoy reading about Bishops who are working to restore the liturgy!

  3. Young Canadian RC Male says:

    Whoa! Altar servers in traditional surplice and cassock? AND Caped??? Oh man!!!!!

  4. jbas says:

    I wonder how well he is received by other bishops. I wish a few of them would follow his example of following the liturgical example of the Holy Father. Surely His Excellency and other bishops talk to each other about ad orientem, the traditional Mass, etc. I know how priests can sometimes be towards each other, and hope that isn’t happening to him by other bishops.
    And many thanks to Fr. Z for being so frequently supportive of Christ’s bishops.

  5. David Homoney says:

    Message sent to my Bishop. He is a wonderful Bishop and we in the Diocese of Tulsa are really blessed to have him. My Almighty God bless him with good health so that we can continue to have him as our shepherd for the rest of the 4 years we get to have him.

    jbas: Most Bishops probably don’t like him and he made no friends in the USCCB when he went ad orientem. I was lucky enough to get to a Te Deum Institute for the Sacred Liturgy event in the Diocese and I heard him defend, in the most beautiful and elegant way, his use of ad orientem. We are really lucky to be under his leadership in Tulsa.

  6. David Homoney says:

    FatherZ – We do have the FSSP in Tulsa, our pastor is Fr. Angelo Van der Putten. Furthermore, we have had the FSSP in Tulsa for over 14 years, at the invitation of our Bishop.

  7. Liz says:

    Oh to have more such bishops. His Excellency is wonderful!

  8. irishgirl says:

    I still have the response His Excellency sent me after last year’s Mass in Washington. He was very gracious and kind!
    ‘Ad Multos Annos’, indeed! Wish there were more Bishops like him who favor the TLM, ‘ad orientem’ worship, and traditional communities such as the FSSP and the Benedictines of Clear Creek!
    I should send him a birthday greeting-thanks for the link, Father Z, and for your support of good Bishops like His Excellency of Tulsa!

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