S+L logo

Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa reveals reaction to appointment, Episcopal motto

January 7, 2014
ottawa_header
First I want to express how deeply humbled I am at the trust and confidence the Lord has placed in me. I express my gratitude and devotion to Pope Francis who has chosen me for this role and to His Grace, Archbishop Prendergast for his constant support and encouragement.
I feel that this is also an honoring of Fr. Bob Bedard, the founder of my Community, the Companions of the Cross. He was my mentor and inspiration. He taught his spiritual sons to radically surrender our lives to the Lord and to pray: “Lord, whatever you ask of me I will do.” I have always believed from the time I was ordained that my priesthood is at the service of the Church.  Christian Reisbeck
I embark on this new chapter in my life of discipleship and service to the Lord with joy, humility, and the eagerness to assist the Archbishop of Ottawa in serving the needs of the priests, deacons, consecrated men and women and lay faithful of this archdiocese.
After reading the Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation I have decided to adopt as my Episcopal motto, Evangelii Gaudium, the joy of the Gospel. I hope with God’s help to make this the focal point of my ministry as bishop, sharing the Good News of the Gospel and inviting all into an initial and ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ, one that transforms lives and makes us eager in turn to share the Good News with others, especially the poor and the alienated.
I ask for prayers that I will be able to fulfill my ministry as a bishop and successor of the apostles with humility, kindness and mercy and filled with the joy of the Gospel.
---
For more on Bishop - Elect Riesbeck visit the Archdiocese of Ottawa's website

Related posts

Deacon-structing the Mass | Part 10: The Communion Rite
FacebookTwitter
In part 10 of this series on the Mass, Deacon Pedro explores the Communion Rite, which includes the Lord's Prayer and the Lamb of God. ...read more
SLHour: Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue
FacebookTwitter
Catholics and Anglicans relate every day, everywhere, but do you know that there is an official Anglican-Catholic dialogue? ...read more
Deacon-structing the Mass | Part 9: Deeper into the Eucharistic Prayer
FacebookTwitter
For the last 9 weeks we’ve looked at each part of the Mass with the hopes that this will help us enter into the mystery in a deeper way. We’ve looked at the Entrance, the Penitential Rite and the ...read more
Deacon-structing the Mass | Part 8: The Eucharistic Prayer
FacebookTwitter
Join Deacon Pedro as he continues his journey through the Liturgy of the Eucharist with an exploration of the Eucharistic Prayer. ...read more
Encore SLHour: Windows to the Soul Special!
FacebookTwitter
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