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Little known fact of Rochester Diocesan History

August 27th, 2009, Promulgated by Choir


It seems that the first radio broadcast on record for the solemnities of a Catholic episcopal consecration was for our third bishop, John Francis O’Hern. O’Hern was consecrated a bishop in the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1929. His co-consecrators were two of his best friends: Rochester-born Edward J. Hanna, Archbishop of San Francisco and Thomas Charles O’Reilly, bishop of Scranton. Rochester’s pioneer raadio station, WHAM broadcast the whole ceremony to the diocese from 9 am to 2:30 p.m. Today you “ordain a bishop”, you don’t “consecrate a bishop”. Libs hate it when you say “consecrate a bishop.”

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One Response to “Little known fact of Rochester Diocesan History”

  1. avatar Rob says:

    Thanks yet again Choir for all this excellent information. It's nice that Cleansing Fire has its own resident historian!

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