Thursday, June 2, 2011

A New Bishop for St Augustine–and Tolomato.


The TCPA is delighted to welcome the new Bishop of St Augustine, Bishop Felipe Estévez, who in addition to everything else, will have Tolomato Cemetery under his care.

In this photo, Bishop Estévez arrives at the door of the Cathedral – which will now be his cathedral, where his cathedra (chair or seat) is located.  For those who have never seen this ceremony, the new bishop arrives at the closed doors and taps on them with a small silver hammer. The doors are then opened from the inside and the bishop is welcomed into his cathedral.


I wasn’t able to get a photo of the hammer or the bishop actually tapping on the door, unfortunately, but in this photo taken from the plaza during a brief gap in the traffic, you can see the bishop arriving.

At the door, Bp. Estévez quoted the words said by our founder and first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, upon landing:

“My ultimate object and desire is to procure that Florida be settled in perpetuity so that the holy Gospel be extended and planted in these provinces.”

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