S+L logo

Two Canadian Archbishops Receive Pallium

June 30, 2009
The great feast of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on Monday, brings to us every year the Pallium Mass. It is at this Mass that those who have been named Metropolitan Archbishops in the past year receive a special wool stole marked with six crosses indicating their unity with the Holy Father.
This year two Canadians are among the 34 Archbishops to receive the Pallium -- Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier of Rimouski, Quebec (right) and Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver, British Columbia (bottom left). In a recent L’Osservatore Romano article, Salt + Light CEO, Father Thomas Rosica, explained two significant points about the Pallium:
First is the special relationship of the Metropolitan Archbishops with the Successor of Peter and with Peter himself. It is from the Apostle's tomb that the pallium receives its power as a symbol: those who wear it must remind themselves and others of the intimate and profound bond with Peter and his mission. This should take place in all circumstances of life, from teaching to pastoral guidance, from the celebration of the sacraments to dialogue with the community. The new
Vancouver's Archbishop Michael Miller.  Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano's Servizio Fotografico
Archbishops are called to take a leading role in building up the Church's unity, which is expressed in the profession of the one faith and in fraternal charity. The sign of the Archbishop's authority is not a scepter or crown, but a circular stole made of lamb's wool, evoke the image that he is, first of all, a shepherd who leads by love.
Second, the conferral of the pallium emphasizes the important aspect of the lamb, which offered the wool used for making the pallium. The pallium symbolizes the Lamb of God who took upon himself the sins of the world and gave himself in ransom for humanity. As Lamb and Shepherd, Christ continues to watch over his flock and entrusts it to the care of those who sacramentally represent him. The whiteness of its wool is a call to innocence of life, and with its series of six crosses it reminds us of daily fidelity to the Lord, to the point of martyrdom if necessary. Those who wear the pallium must therefore live an extraordinary and constant communion with the Lord, marked by purity of intention and action and by generosity of service and witness.
Congratulations to Archbishop Fournier and Archbishop Miller!
Let us remember to pray for them -- and for all bishops -- that they may courageously, generously, and lovingly carry out the mission entrusted to them by Christ!
Photos courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano's Servizio Fotografico
Related posts
Father’s Day makes us think of the the top quality in a Dad. What is it? This week author Greg Popcak (of the Pastoral Solutions Institute) tells us how the Beatitudes are the place to start. Gi ...read more
Deacon-structing WYD: How We Prepare
Preparing World Youth Day requires more than just spiritual and pastoral work. There's also practical preparation that needs to be done. ...read more
Encore SLHour Windows to the Soul Special!
This week on a special edition of the SLHour, we focus on movies. Our film expert, Sr. Marie Paul Curley, has been producing Windows to the Soul segments for years now and it’s time to share some of ...read more
Welcome to S+L’s Weekly News Round-Up. As part of my job, I come across many interesting Catholic news stories on a daily basis. Some of them I’ll cover on Perspectives Daily and the others I ...read more
Catholic hospitals in Ireland will now be forced to provide abortions on request with new pregnancy termination laws looming. But there's a catch. ...read more