With You I am Christian

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As Catholic Christians, we live in the community of our diocese. In communion with one another and our pastors, we are shepherded by Bishop Noonan. Many events this month have occasioned reflection on the role of bishop.

StAugustine20130830smAs Catholic Christians, we live in the community of our diocese. In communion with one another and our pastors, we are shepherded by Bishop Noonan. Many events this month have occasioned reflection on the role of bishop. August began with the feast day of the 4th century bishop, St. Eusebius. Exiled by Emperor Constantius, Eusebius composed heartfelt letters to the faithful and rejoiced in their faith and good works: “I beg you to keep the faith with all vigilance, to preserve harmony [and] to be earnest in prayer.” In the Letter to Titus, St. Paul describes a bishop’s ideal attributes: “hospitable and a lover of goodness; steady, just, holy and self-controlled.” How aptly these attributes fit our own diocesan shepherd, John Noonan! I remember well his first address to the faithful after his appointment as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Orlando.  He invoked the words of St. Augustine: “For you I am your bishop but with you I am Christian.” This week, we feature the CD series: “St. Augustine: Life, Eloquence and Theology.” Jesuit Father William Harmless of Creighton University offers an accessible introduction to this bishop of the North African seaport town of Hippo Regius. As a Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine’s words speak personally to us across sixteen centuries and urge us into deeper conversion to the Gospel.  His duties as a bishop – guiding the faith journeys of catechumens, presiding over sacramental celebrations, caring for the poor, lobbying governmental officials and preserving the apostolic faith – provided the daily context for St. Augustine’s encounter with our Risen Lord. A full schedule indeed! In my renewed appreciation of the role of bishop, I recall Bishop Noonan’s concluding words on October 23, 2010: “…I ask only that you pray for me as I will also pray for you.” Order this CD series@ click here. Please call Diane Gallagher @ 407-246-4897 for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.
Editor’s Note:  We are grateful to Dan Hardester for his service as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Resource Center.  He has been appointed Manager of Senior Priests and will assume his new responsibilities October 1.