Bishop-elect Professes Faith, Signs Oath of Fidelity

Evening Prayer on the Vigil of the Mass of the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of His Excellency The Most Reverend Larry James Kulick, J.C.L. was celebrated Wednesday evening at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. During the ceremony, Bishop-elect Kulick stood before the altar, faced the small crowd of priests, and publically professed his fidelity to the Catholic Church and all of its teachings and his fidelity and loyalty to the Holy Father. The oath that is taken is canonically and morally binding on the Bishop. For this oath, Bishop-elect Kulick placed his hand upon the Bible of Bishop Hugh L. Lamb, First Bishop of Greensburg.

The principal participants at Wednesday’s Solemn Evening Prayer at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral were, from left, Margaret DiVirgilio, chancellor of the Diocese of Greensburg; Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S.; Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Cleveland; Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, presider and homilist; Bishop-elect Larry J. Kulick and Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

The presider and homilist was The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L., a native of Monessen, former priest of the Diocese of Greensburg and Tenth Bishop of Erie. He described the role of a Bishop: to have an authentic love of God and one’s neighbor; to live and serve the Church.

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was extremely limited. Thursday’s Ordination and Installation is by invitation only. However, the entire diocesan community is invited to participate in the celebration, which will be available for viewing on the diocesan website,, our Diocesan Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The Mass will also be broadcast by EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) live at 2 p.m. EST. Diocesan coverage of this much-anticipated event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with special coverage by The Catholic Accent.


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