The Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano to be installed as our 9th Bishop

Evening Prayer is Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.;

Mass of Installation is Jan. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER, New York – The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano will be installed as the 9th Bishop of Rochester in a special Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday Jan. 3, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.

Present at the Mass of Installation will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Papal Nuncio to the United States, along with many Catholic bishops from throughout the country. Also attending will be priests, deacons,  men and women religious, parish representatives, Bishop Matano’s family, guests and community leaders. Tickets are required to attend.

The Mass of Installation will be televised live by Time Warner Cable News in the Greater Rochester area (Channel 9), as well as on its website ( Courtesy of TWC News, the websites and will carry the live broadcast, as well as the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Audio of the Mass will be broadcast by WHIC, the Catholic radio station in Rochester (1460AM/92.9FM).

Bishop Matano has been serving as Bishop of Burlington, Vt. Pope Francis appointed him as bishop-designate of the 12-county Diocese of Rochester on Nov. 6, 2013. He succeeds Bishop Matthew H. Clark, who served as Bishop of Rochester for more than 33 years, before retiring in September 2012. Bishop of Syracuse Robert J. Cunningham has served as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Rochester since Sept. 21, 2012.

Events surrounding the installation begin on Thursday, Jan. 2, with Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. (ticket holders only). In a ceremony that comes after the prelude, Bishop Matano will knock three times from outside the Cathedral door. Bishop Cunningham, accompanied by Bishop Emeritus Clark and The Rev. Kevin McKenna, pastor of the Cathedral, will open the door and welcome in the Bishop-Designate. Bishop Matano will be handed a crucifix to kiss and then sprinkle those around him with holy water.

At Friday’s Mass, Cardinal Dolan will preside over the entrance procession and introductory rites. Archbishop Vigano then will read the Apostolic Mandate, or letter of appointment, from Pope Francis.  Archbishop Vigano will ask if Bishop Matano accepts the appointment, and Bishop Matano will answer with the words, “With faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God in my heart, I do accept the pastoral care of the people of God in the Diocese of Rochester. I resolve to serve faithfully the spiritual needs of this local church.” 

The newly installed 9th Bishop of Rochester then will be led by Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Vigano to the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, where he will receive his crozier, or staff. Bishop Matano will preside over the remainder of the Mass and deliver his first homily as the 9th Bishop of Rochester.

Bishop Matano has adopted the phrase In Unitatem Fidei (In the Unity of Faith) as his Episcopal Motto from the Latin scriptural passage of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (4:13), which will be read at the Mass. By choosing this motto, Bishop Matano embraces the Apostle’s conviction that Jesus Christ desires that the entire family of God’s children, working together, strive to attain their fullness of maturity in the unity of the one Faith and the knowledge of the Son of God.