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Hundreds Celebrate Installation of Bishop Matano

Through the chill outside, a warm celebration brought together members of the Rochester Catholic diocese, archbishops and bishops from across the nation.


Through the chill outside, a warm celebration brought together members of the Rochester Catholic diocese, archbishops and bishops from across the nation.

All this -- for the installation of the Diocese's 9th bishop, Salvatore Matano.

He is a man with a sense of humor. .

"So what remains for the Rochester Diocese, if this snow continues I may have to get an extension on my miter so you can see me coming," said Bishop Salvatore Matano, Catholic Diocese of Rochester

And also a sense of duty.

" I plead with those estranged from the Church, please come home. This is not the plea of Bishop Matano, this is only his voice echoing the voice of Jesus," said Bishop Matano.

Rochester's last bishop, Matthew Clark, was installed 34 years ago, in 1979.

Today's Catholic Church is much different.

According to the Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate, there are close to 20,000 fewer priests, 1,000 fewer parishes, and mass attendance stands at around 24-percent nationwide.

Local parishioners appreciate Bishop Matano's call to faith.

"He certainly comes with good credentials and I am sure he will make his presence known in Rochester," said Ellen Polimeni, celebrating the installation.

"There is definitely the issue of not as many people going to Church as used to be and he spoke to that and said as Catholics we all have to do something about that," said Christina Mancini, an area parishioner.

And so did area priests.

"I thought the Bishop's message was very hopeful, not only of the centrality of the Eucharist but of coming home, inviting people to come back to the Church," said Fr. Paul Tamosso, Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Greece.

Bishop Matano says he is ready for any challenge and hopes Catholics in the Rochester Diocese will help as he starts this new journey.

"I feel very at peace. I feel the peace of the angels that sang glory to God on the highest and peace on earth," said Bishop Matano.

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