Cardinal installs Bishop Thomas Burns as 11th Bishop of Menevia
posted on 01 December 2008
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor conducted the installation of Bishop Tom Burns as the 11th Bishop of Menevia during Mass in St Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea, on Monday 1 December 2008 at 11.30am. The Homily was preached by Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh.
The Mass of Installation was concelebrated by Cardinals Murphy O’Connor and O’Brien, the Archbishop of Cardiff, Most Rev Peter Smith, the Welsh Catholic bishops together with 27 other Bishops from England and Scotland, 5 Abbots of Religious Communities and over 80 priests from the Diocese of Menevia, Forces Chaplains, the Marist Order and elsewhere.
The Cathedral was full to capacity with a congregation of over 450.
Among the invited guests were: the Lord Lieutenant of the County of West Glamorgan, D Byron Lewis CStJ, FCA, the Papal Nuncio (Ambassador of the Vatican state to the Court of St James) His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, His Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey, KCSS, KCHS, KCMCO, KCFO, accompanied by his wife, Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg, the Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Swansea, Cllr. Alan Lloyd, ecumenical guests including the Archbishop of Wales (Church in Wales) Most Rev’d Dr Barry Morgan, friends, relations and military colleagues of Bishop Tom and representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Menevia.
There was a Royal Navy Guard of Honour provided by HMS Raleigh and also by soldiers from 3 Royal Welsh together with their Regimental Mascot. A trumpet fanfare was provided by the Band of the Light Cavalry.