“I woke up this morning as the fifth bishop of Greensburg (Pennsylvania) and I’ll go to bed tonight as the 12th bishop of Cleveland.”
Bishop Edward Malesic shared that thought prior to his installation in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. And, as his episcopal motto says, he is ready to “Serve the Lord with Gladness.”
Restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic meant attendance at the liturgy was strictly limited – by invitation only, but thousands watched the livestream of the Mass.
Attendees included members of the diocesan hierarchy including Father Don Oleksiak, who served as diocesan administrator for the past seven months; Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States who represented Pope Francis; Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, metropolitan, Province of Cincinnati; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Perez, who was the 11th bishop of Cleveland; Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries; Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa and a former priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland; members of the Diocese of Cleveland College of Consultors; representatives of religious men and women serving in the diocese; members of the diocesan staffs from the Cleveland and Greensburg dioceses; and priests from the Cleveland, Greensburg and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania dioceses.