BishopPowersLast night I arrived in Superior, Wisconsin.  Today, the Diocese of Superior will ordain their 11th Bishop, the Most Reverend James P. Powers.

Jim and I were college seminary classmates at St. John Vianney College Seminary, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I am honored to serve him today as a co-consecrating bishop.

Bishop Powers has served as the Administrator of Superior since their previous bishop, Peter Christensen was installed as the new bishop of Boise in December, 2014.  I enjoyed my visit with Jim during that installation, and again this past November while he was present for the Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore.  He also attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis this past November, where we enjoyed a few light moments.

Jim has always had a good sense of humor, and he still does!  He has a great ability to simply ‘be present’ to people.  I remember from college days that he was very active with the youth  ministry of his diocese, and generous with his time serving on many youth retreats.  He is always quick with a laugh and genuine in the ways he carries out his priestly ministry.  He has been a good pastor, and will be a good shepherd of the Diocese of Superior.

At the reception following the Vespers service last night, I enjoyed a delightful encounter with another one of our classmates.  Today will prove to be a very good day for the Church, especially for the People of God of Superior.

Congratulations, Bishop Powers!


Post Ordination Picture of Classmates:

Bob May, Bishop Etienne, Bishop Powers

Bob May, Bishop Etienne, Bishop Powers