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Vicar General to Visit Our Lady of Lourdes

November 11th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

From the latest St. Anne/Our Lady of Lourdes bulletin:

Next Weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes
Father John Mulligan, Vicar General of our Diocese will be the homilist at Lourdes. We welcome him as a priest who has a breath of vision and understanding about the Diocese of Rochester.”

I do not know the reason why Fr. Mulligan, one of the DoR’s Vicar Generals, will be visiting Our Lady of Lourdes this coming weekend. However, it does seem interesting that he would be stopping by to deliver the homily during the Lourdes Masses while the regular Sacramental Ministers on staff appear to be the ones actually offering these Masses (according to the parish bulletin).

What could be the purpose of this particular visit to this particular church? Yes, this is one of the two parishes entrusted to Sr. Joan Sobala, a local Women’s Ordination Conference personality. Hopefully a reader out there has some information about this visit. There is one thing we do know for certain; Sr. Joan will not be giving the homily at these Masses. That is unless Fr. Mulligan employs the legendary “dialogue homily” and calls the liturgy a Mass for children to wiggle around Canon Law.

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11 Responses to “Vicar General to Visit Our Lady of Lourdes”

  1. avatar RochChaCha says:

    Wow! Maybe he should be visiting Assumption in Fairport as well. Looks like they have a 'media on demand' section of their webpage. See the link below and treat yourself to some lovely chior music at the 13:00 minute mark and then the priest takes a back seat so a lay person can homilize. And they voluntarily publish their abuses…..

    http://www.assumptionfairport2.org/af2/MultiMedia/Masses-2009/2009-11-08-1800-Part2.html

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    Vicar General of our diocese?

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    just do a google search!

  4. avatar Steak says:

    I see where you're going with this. It is very interesting that the Vicar would find the need to spend some time at Lourdes. OLOL's rectory is also where Sr. Joan Sobala lives. Maybe he is going to have a talk with her about the liturgical abuses. It's more likely that he's going to tell her to tone it down a notch so she doesn't draw so much attention to herself. If the Vicar or Bishop really wanted to put a stop to this, they could have done it a long time ago. Silence gives consent.

  5. avatar Gen says:

    Indeed. Most likely it's going to be something like, "Joan, we know how you feel, and that's fine, but not everyone is so focused on the betterment of the Church. So could you just be a little less political? If not, it's okay. Don't worry yourself."

  6. avatar Persis says:

    So…
    does anyone know what he had to say?

  7. avatar Dr. K says:

    Made a bit of a typo. His visit will be next weekend, as the passage says, and not "this coming weekend" as I wrote. I forget that I'm reading these bulletins before they are published.

    ~Dr. K

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    I was told to google . i did but I still don't know is he friend or foe?

    Dr. k I really liked your lessons in vocabular pls don't stop I am sure I am not the only one trying hard to keep up. Your definations are a treasure to me.

  9. avatar Anonymous says:

    Pretend your talking to a born again Baptist just turned Catholic, google does not always work. Please continue to help us still struggeling for the truth. You rock DR.K.

  10. avatar Anonymous says:

    I am the same 6:19 and 6:24PM

  11. avatar Dr. K says:

    A Vicar General in a diocese is a priest/auxiliary bishop/bishop coadjutor who assists the bishop with administration of the diocese. One could think of a Vicar General as a sort of "enforcer" for the bishop. The VG has much of the power of a bishop.

    Most dioceses have one to two Vicar Generals, though some may have more. We currently have two in Rochester: Fr. Dr. Joseph Hart, a sacramental minister at St. Thomas More/Our Lady Queen of Peace, and Fr. John Mulligan, the retired pastor of the Cathedral Community.

    ~Dr. K

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