DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The celebration continues for a second day in Dallas on Thursday as the area’s newest bishop officially takes his post. Hundreds of Catholic leaders from as far away as Rome will be in town for the installation, kicking off with a 1:45 p.m. procession at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Following a special mass, Edward Burns will become the Dallas diocese’s eighth bishop. He was appointed by Pope Francis in December, and comes to North Texas all the way from Juneau, Alaska. He is originally from Pittsburgh. “It’s different,” Burns told KRLD. “I’m so struck by the vastness and the absolute rate of growth for this area. It’s just phenomenal, and I really look forward to the wonderful challenges and also growing the church for this whole community in North Texas.”
Burns replaces Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who left for the Vatican.
The Catholic Diocese of Dallas began the installation rites on Wednesday with hundreds of priests, more than 50 bishops and three cardinals in attendance. The 2:00 p.m. mass is open to the public as well, but seating is limited. There will be a room for the overflow crowd.
Burns stated that he is looking forward to taking on the role in Dallas, and feels humbled to have been chosen. He will lead a diocese that serves about 1.4 million people across nine counties.