Friday, June 12, 2009

New Archbishop for New Orleans

"Local boy makes good": Gregory Aymond called back home from Austin to be the next archbishop. That makes him the first native son to head this local Church--in a diocese that's been around since it was part of "the Diocese of Louisiana and the Two Floridas" in 1793. That's right: we've had bishops from Cuba, Spain, France (lots), Belgium, Holland, Germany (several; one had even been a convert). Heavens, we even had a bishop from Napoli! But until today, no local Ordinary who was actually local. Although I might kind of count Bishop Dubourg, since he was born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), where so many New Orleans families originated (some of my ancestors among them). But really.

I e-mailed my sister, Lea, in Austin: "You need a new bishop." She texted back, "Darn. I like him."
That about sums it up.


Anonymous said...

Thank Goodness!! We need someone who understands our unique culture!

Anonymous said...

You have a great new Archbishop. We in the Austin diocese are very sad to see him go. We know God has great plans to use him in your archdiocese as he has done in our diocese here in central Texas.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Archbishop Aymond. If I were a marine I would shout OOORAH