Updated 08/10/2012 02:06 PM
Installation mass for Bishop Malone today
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bishop Malone will be installed as the 14th bishop of Buffalo on Friday.
Malone has said he has a great vision for the Buffalo Diocese and the City of Good Neighbors. He hopes to preside over the Catholic Church by showing faith, hope, and also encouragement.
Bishop Malone has already received a very warm welcome from those here in Buffalo. The 66-year-old arrived last Friday and since then, has been welcomed by members of the delegation, community members, as well as the soon-to-be retired leader himself, Bishop Edward Kmiec.
On Thursday, Malone presided over evening prayer at St. Louis Church, which is the oldest parish in Buffalo. Many were in attendance, including hundreds of priests.
Malone has said there are many challenges he faces with taking on this role and he has his work cut out for him; challenges which include the merging and closing of several parishes in the area. But he has said that he has faith that the Catholic Church is strong and able to overcome anything.
"All my life, I have been happily involved in the church growing up, and as a priest and bishop in Boston and then in Maine. I am happy to be the chief shepherd. I want to be of service beyond the Catholic community in any way I can work with other leaders for the common good, I hope to do that," Malone said.
More than 2,000 invitations were sent out for the installation; a highly anticipated event for many.