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Prayer Service Welcoming Bishop Salvatore Matano

Hundreds attend prayer service at Sacred Heart Cathedral to welcome incoming Bishop Salvatore Matano.
A new leader of the Rochester Catholic Diocese.  Bishop Salvatore Matano will be installed Friday afternoon replacing retired Bishop Matthew Clark.
It was an invitation only prayer service Thursday night at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Herculean snowstorm prevented some from attending Thursday night's  service.   Hundreds were expected.  Those who did make it heard from Rochester's soon to be Bishop.  A man who brought tradition mixed with a welcome sense of humor.

And with the traditional knock on the doors of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester's soon to be ninth Bishop was welcomed into the local Catholic community.  

"Haven't these been a very difficult last few years for all of us.  Nonetheless we have put our hand to the cloth, and we continue to go forward," said Bishop Salvatore Matano, Rochester Catholic Diocese.

 Bishop Matano comes from Burlington, Vermont and brings with him a welcome sense of humor.

"And I pray, please be careful when you travel home tonight, cause you could cause me major personnel problems," laughed Matano.

Rochester hasn't installed a Bishop since Matthew Clark in 1979. 

"I'm excited to see what will come next.  But I hope for openness and for maybe even faith renewal.  For welcoming.  For all the people," said Sister Barbara Lum, Sisters of St. Joseph.

Rochester is welcoming Bishop Matano with open arms and an open mind.

"He also comes sharing some of his perspective of another Diocese.  And he can, I hope, look somewhat objectively about some of the things you've alluded to.  Some of the challenges of the church over the past several years.  And I think he'll be able to share with us some ideas.  And I'm sure he'll be open to listening to our own thoughts about our future as we walk with him towards the future," said Fr. Kevin McKenna, Rochester Catholic Diocese.

Friday, Bishop Matano will be installed at Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of hundreds invited to witness history.

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