I see one of my bishops has died.
My recollection of him was his endorsement and participation in the North American Forum’s 1989 Beginnings and Beyond Institute in the Rockford Diocese. He stood next to me in the choir. He was on the end of the bass section, and I at the end of the tenors. I didn’t realize he was my bishop until the end of choir practice. He was friendly during the pauses in the music, but diligent in being part of the music ministry.
He was also supportive of the implementation of the RCIA, evidenced by his attendance at this conference.
I nod with approval he was ordained to the episcopacy from among the clergy of his own diocese, a practice that should be returned to Roman Catholicism.
“I did not realize he was my bishop…” May he rest in peace.
So what did Rockford to wrong to be “blessed” with their just former bishop, Thomas Doran? Was that payback for having a decent bishop in the person of Arthur O’Neill?