Our Church teaches us that the ordained ministry is conferred and exercised in three degrees: that of bishops, that of priests, and that of deacons. Our Catechism states, “The bishop receives the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders, which integrates him into the episcopal college and makes him the visible head of the particular Church entrusted to him. As successors of the apostles and members of the college, the bishops share in the apostolic authority of the Pope, successor of St. Peter.” A primary responsibility of a bishop is to teach, govern, and sanctify. As an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Konzen joins Bishop Shlesinger in assisting Archbishop Gregory in his task of shepherding the people of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
In his publication, “The Duties of the Bishop”, the Most Reverend Robert Carlton, quoting various sources, stated that Bishops “…have the responsibility of preaching the Gospel, administering the sacraments, and guiding Christ’s flock. The Bishop is the principal teacher in the faith community. As such, he must be devoted to preaching the Gospel constantly. That preaching aims at illuminating to the faithful what they must believe and put into practice, while steering them away from every error that is life-threatening to the spirit.” He also stated, “Preaching the message of salvation, the Bishop must make it his first concern to lead others to knowledge of the truth of salvation in Christ and to that ‘obedience of faith’ which welcomes God’s saving Word and opens man to the transformation of grace.”
YOU HAVE CHOSEN YOUR SERVANT TO BE A SHEPHERD OF YOUR FLOCK.
GIVE HIM A SPIRIT OF COURAGE AND RIGHT JUDGMENT, A SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE.
BY GOVERNING WITH FIDELITY THOSE ENTRUSTED TO HIS CARE,
MAY HE BUILD YOUR CHURCH AS A SIGN OF SALVATION FOR THE WORLD. AMEN.