Pope Francis presided over a moving episcopal ordination this Sunday, October 17, at St. Peter’s Basilica, where he ordained two new bishops: Bishop Guido Marini and Bishop Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira.
Bishop Guido Marini was Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations since 2007 and was appointed bishop of the Italian diocese of Tortona while Msgr. Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira is the new secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.
In addition, it was the first public celebration of the new master of pontifical liturgical celebrations and head of the Pontifical Musical Chapel, Bishop Diego Ravelli, who was the head of the office of the Apostolic Alimony since 2013.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the Cardenal Marc Ouellet, asked the Holy Father for episcopal ordination: “the holy Catholic Church asks that Guido Marini and Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira be ordained bishops” and the Pope replied: “with great pleasure” (“very gladly”In Italian) and the assembly said“ thank God ”.
Afterwards, the Liturgy of the Word took place and the Pope delivered his homily in which he drew on the Italian edition of the Roman Pontifical for the Ordination of Bishops, but also spoke spontaneously without reading the text.
Specifically, the Holy Father recalled the Importance of Prayer and the Proclamation of the Gospel in Episcopal Ministry, encouraged them to always remain close to God, to the bishops, priests and the holy faithful people of God.
The Pope invited us to reflect that “they were chosen among men and for men, have been established, not for you, but for others, in things that refer to God ”and he recalled that the word“ episcopate, in effect, is the name of a service, it is not a true episcopate without service, it is not the name of an honor… because the bishop has more to serve to dominate, according to the commandment of the Master: ‘the greatest among you must be made like the least, and the one who governs, like the one who serves’ “.
“Serve, and with this service you will guard your vocation, and you will be authentic pastors in serving, not in honor, in authority, in power. Serve, always serve ”, the Pope stressed.
In addition, the Holy Father invited “proclaim the Word at all times: timely and untimely. Warn, reproach, exhort, with all magnanimity and doctrine. Continue to study. And through prayer and the offering of sacrifice for his people, take from the fullness of the holiness of Christ the manifold richness of divine grace.
“You will be custodians of faith, of service, of charity in the Church. And for this, it is necessary to be close. Think that proximity is the most typical trace of God, He himself tells his people in Deuteronomy, think about which people have their gods as close as you have me. Closeness, along with compassion and tenderness“, he claimed.
For this reason, the Pope asked “please, do not leave this closeness, always draw close to the people, draw close to God, draw close to brother bishops, draw close to priests. These are the four neighborhoods of the bishop ”.
“The bishop close to God in prayer, many times someone might say: ‘I have so much to do that I cannot pray’. Stop. When the apostles invented the deacons, what does Peter say? -to us bishops-: prayer and the proclamation of the Word ”, stressed the Pope.
Rite of ordination
After the homily, the Pope presided over the rite of episcopal ordination, with the interrogation and promises of the two candidates for the episcopate; the recitation (sung) of the litanies of the saints while Mons. Guido and Mons. Ferrada remained prostrate; the imposition of hands; the song of the invocation to the Holy Spirit “Come creative”; the anointing with the chrism, the delivery of the episcopal symbols: the Gospel book, the ring, the imposition of the miter and the pastoral staff.
Later, the Pope made “the enthronement in the chair” of the two new bishops, who they waved smiling at the Holy Father and they sat on one side of the main altar with their miter on and holding the pastoral staff.
One of the most emotional moments It was at the end of the rite of episcopal ordination during the greeting of peace and the Pope’s congratulations to the two new bishops. In particular, with Msgr. Marini who has been the master of pontifical ceremonies throughout his pontificate and has organized the liturgical celebrations also of all international apostolic trips. As well as when Bishop Marini embraced Bishop Diego Ravelli, who is his successor in this position and was a pontifical ceremony since 2006 in addition to working in the Pontifical Alimony.
Then, the usual Eucharistic Liturgy was held in St. Peter’s Basilica in which numerous cardinals, bishops and priests concelebrated.
Before concluding the ceremony, Bishop Marini thanked the Pope on their behalf in an emotional speech in which he thanked him for the episcopal ordination and highlighted his desire to be pastors. He also thanked his family for the gift of life, led a prayer of thanks to God and the Virgin Mary.
Finally, the two new Bishops came to greet and bless their families and they went through the entire central aisle of St. Peter’s Basilica to bless those present while the choir sang the “You gods”.
The Vatican did not indicate the estimated number of the many faithful present, who, according to sanitary measures, wore the mask and sat apart to avoid contagion of COVID-19.
Biographical data of the new Bishops
Mons.Guido Marini was born on January 31, 1965 in Genoa, Italy. After completing the high school itinerary, he entered the Seminary of Genoa where he graduated in Theology.
He was ordained a priest on February 4, 1989, completed his academic training with a doctorate both rights, that is, in civil law and canon law at the Pontifical Laternanse University, and with a degree in Communication Psychology from the Pontifical Salesian University in 2007,
He was private secretary between 1988 and 1995 of Cardinal Giovanni Canestri, then Archbishop of Genoa, and of his successors Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi between 1995 and 2002, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone between 2002 and 2003.
After various positions in the diocese of Genoa as master of ceremonies, director of the Diocesan Office of Education, elected member of the Presbyteral Council, Archbishop Chancellor, Secretary of the Episcopal Council, professor of Canon Law, Canon of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Prefect of said Cathedral and spiritual director of the seminary.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations and Honorary Prelate of His Holiness on October 1, 2007. Pope Francis confirmed him as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations and appointed him in 2019 head of the Pontifical Musical Chapel.
During the academic year 2018-2019 he was visiting professor of Papal Liturgy at the Pontifical Athenaeum of San Anselmo.
Mons. Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira He was born in Santiago de Chile on June 10, 1969.
He received the priestly order on July 3, 1999 and was incardinated in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile.
He obtained a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2006. He then held various pastoral assignments in the diocese, including that of director of studies and prefect of Theology at the Pontifical Major Seminary of the Custodial Angels, in Santiago de Chile.
Since 2018 he was an official of the Congregation for the Clergy. On September 8, Pope Francis appointed him secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy and has conferred on him the dignity of titular Bishop of the Archdiocese of Tiburnia. The appointment became effective on October 1.