2000-06-24 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Archbishop Edward Egan:

Installed At St. Patrick’s Cathedral

On Monday, June 19, 2000, I had the privilege of attending the Mass of
Installation for Archbishop Edward Michael Egan in St. Patrick's Cathedral. I attended in full attire as a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre.

Reverend Gabriel Montalvo, JCD, the Apostolic Nuncio in the United States, brought words of inspiration. He noted that the new archbishop is here to teach, to sanctify and to guide the church in New York. He noted that Archbishop Egan will use his rich pastoral experience to guide the faithful in New York. He extended greetings to all from Pope John Paul II. The Pope sends his best wishes to everyone. He remembers fondly the time he has spent in New York City. The Pope knows that Archbishop Egan will continue his career of outstanding guidance in the service of the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II entrusts him with these very serious apostolic duties.

Representatives of the diverse ethnic communities of New York participated in the mass. Lectors speaking different languages prayed at the service. They spoke in their native tongue including: Italian, French, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, German, Creole and Slovak. Archbishop Egan said that he is here to celebrate with all the people that he represents.

There were two platforms high above the Cathedral that allowed cameras to televise this magnificent traditional splendor. The choir was outstanding and added to the artistic and creative elegance of the mass. In addition, the trumpets could be heard clearly and beautifully throughout the entire ceremony.

Archbishop Egan compared St. Patrick's Cathedral to the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Rome. The Archbishop had served there while he was stationed in Italy. Cardinal O'Connor also had spent time there. The Basilica was built on the home of Saints John and Paul. The original
frescos are still on the wall. John and Paul were martyrs who gave up
their lives because of their service to God. Archbishop Egan noted that
this principle held true today because we are a community that is built on
uncompromising service to the Catholic faith. Archbishop Egan also noted that schools must be in places where children proclaim the Word of the Lord. The church must rest on the principles of courage, joy and belief in all that God has given us. He stated that in order for our actions to be effective they must be built on faith and sustained with prayer. There was a wonderful acclamation on the part of all gathered when Archbishop Egan stated that we
cannot accept any form of discrimination.

The ceremony ended with a magnificent rendition of Mozart's Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate by the outstanding opera star Renee Fleming from the Metropolitan Opera.

After the mass, we attended a private reception for the archbishop. We
were delighted to have the opportunity to join our good friends Assemblyman Denis Butler and his charming wife Mary and other dignitaries. The entire day was one of great joy for all New Yorkers.


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