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Bishop Kevin Farrell: Statement on new appointment

Bishop Kevin Farrell, newly appointed Prefect for the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life - RV

Bishop Kevin Farrell, newly appointed Prefect for the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life - RV

17/08/2016 15:38

(Vatican Radio) “I am extremely humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has selected me to lead this newly formed dicastery,” says Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, on his appointment as Prefect of the newly formed Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life. In a statement published on the diocesan website, Bishop Farrell said, “I look forward to being part of the important work of the universal Church in the promotion of the laity and the apostolate of the laity and for the pastoral care of the family in accordance with the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love, and the support of human life.”

Bishop Farrell said he was grateful for the appointment, he was experiencing “mixed emotions” about leaving the Diocese. “Dallas has been my home for 10 years and, from the beginning, I quickly grew to love the beautiful people and culture here,” he said. Noting with appreciation and gratitude the “hard work and cooperation of the pastors, priests, diocesan staff and people,” Bishop Farrell said, “Together, I believe we have accomplished many goals, and put others in motion, that will continue to build up the Catholic Church in North Texas.”

Bishop Farrell asked for prayers for auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly, who will care for Diocese until a new Ordinary is named, as well as prayers for himself as he undertakes his new role.

The new Dicastery will join the competencies and functions of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family beginning on 1 September 2016.

Below, please find the full statement by Bishop Kevin Farrell:

I am extremely humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has selected me to lead this newly formed dicastery.  I look forward to being part of the important work of the universal Church in the promotion of the laity and the apostolate of the laity and for the pastoral care of the family in accordance with the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love, and the support of human life.

While I am grateful for the Holy Father’s confidence in me, I meet this news with mixed emotions.

Dallas has been my home for 10 years and, from the beginning, I quickly grew to love the beautiful people and culture here.  The strong faith, kindness and generosity of the people in the Diocese of Dallas surpassed all of my expectations.  My brother priests were among the first to welcome me and I am extremely grateful for their collaboration, friendship, wise counsel and prayers.  A bishop can get nothing of significance done in a diocese without the hard work and cooperation of the pastors, priests, diocesan staff and people.  Together, I believe we have accomplished many goals, and put others in motion, that will continue to build up the Catholic Church in North Texas.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for all that the priests, staff and people have done and continue to do for me and the Diocese of Dallas.  I know our Holy Father is working, as we speak, to find the right man to serve as the new chief shepherd.  I am confident that, upon my departure, Bishop Greg Kelly will handle the needs of the diocese in the interim.  Please pray for him.  I also ask that you please pray for me as I begin this next unexpected chapter of my priesthood.  May God continue to bless the Diocese of Dallas.

17/08/2016 15:38