Statement on the appointment of Bishop Matano as the ninth Bishop of Rochester

Published on November 7th, 2013

1454927_10151766196211305_438045696_nFollowing is a statement from Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, on the appointment by Pope Francis of the Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano as the ninth Bishop of Rochester:

“We at the New York State Catholic Conference are pleased to welcome Bishop Matano to New York, and we look forward to working closely with him in the years to come. Bishop Matano clearly comes to this beautiful and historic diocese with a servant’s heart and a special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In his remarks today, he spoke of the great difficulties young people have today starting out in life, as well as the challenges facing the poor at the end of their lives. In this way, he echoed the words of Pope Francis, who recently made similar remarks when discussing the most urgent challenges facing the Church. As we continue our work advancing the public policy priorities of the state’s Bishops, we anticipate Bishop Matano’s leadership and pastoral sense to be a great asset in improving the lives of families and individuals across the state.

“Bishop Matano’s appointment also allows us the opportunity to once again express our deep gratitude and affection for Bishop Matthew H. Clark, whose 33-year tenure as the shepherd of the Rochester Diocese was a great blessing to the Church in New York.”

The Catholic Conference represents New York State’s Bishops in matters of public policy.

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