Every September in Rome, the Vatican hosts the newly ordained bishops from the past year. Some refer to this gathering as “baby bishops school.” I am in Rome for this purpose, along with about 115 other new bishops from around the world. We begin tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration.
Each day a speaker will present a specific topic. Over the next three days the topics are as follows.
Thursday: “Episcopal Ministry as a Journey of Collegial Discernment” with Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. I remember him from when I was a seminarian in Rome 25 years ago, because he taught one of our theology courses at the Gregorian University.
Friday: “The Bishop and the Comprehensive Care of Priests” with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster in England. I am aware of how important this topic is. The lives of priests are stressful, and I see their care as a top priority. I am looking forward to hearing more about this topic.
Saturday: “Pastoral Discernment in a Media Culture” with Monsignor Lucia Adrian Ruiz, Secretary for Communication.