January 11, 2017
On Jan. 4, Bishop Parkes was installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. But what does it mean for us when our bishop is transferred?
When a diocese finds itself between bishops, a diocesan administrator is appointed to lead the diocese during the interim.
Yesterday, Msgr. Flaherty, who has been a part of the diocese since 1977 and has served under all five bishops, was appointed the diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
"All five of the bishops I have served under were very different kinds of leaders," Msgr. Flaherty said. "All five affected how I lead, and there is something of each of them in me."
Msgr. Flaherty said that the process of selecting a new bishop could take anywhere from a few months to a year, but for those who are anxious about the lack of a bishop in our diocese, he says this:
"We are the church, and we continue. We are faithful disciples of Jesus. We are the church fully alive, and when a new bishop comes, we will welcome him with joy."
Congratulations, Msgr. Flaherty! Thank you for your leadership, and we will be praying for you!