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On July 16, we celebrated a special Mass in which Archbishop Etienne was invested with the pallium, the sign of his office as metropolitan Archbishop. Because of the pandemic, attendance was strictly limited, but representatives of many different groups in the Archdiocese, including women religious and multicultural communities, Chancery staff, deacons, and seminarians were able to participate, maintaining physical distance and wearing face coverings throughout.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, conferred the pallium on Archbishop Etienne on behalf of Pope Francis, whose official representative he is.

Many of the priests of the Archdiocese were able to be present as well.

The pallium is a band of wool which is worn around the shoulders of metropolitan Archbishops.
It is rich in symbolism. It suggests the gentle yoke of Christ, and is a reminder of the strong bonds betwen the Archbishop, the local Church, and the Holy See.

Back in 2015, Pope Francis restored an older tradition, whereby the pallium would be conferred in the Archbishop's Cathedral, rather than in Rome, so that the local Church can witness and participate in this important moment.

"May this pallium be a symbol of unity and a sign of your communion with the Apostolic See,
a bond of love, and an incentive to courage."

Hundreds more joined in the liturgy via livestream!

In his homily, Archbishop Pierre reflected on our prophetic call  "to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD" (Isaiah 61:1-2).  

At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Etienne spoke: "I want you all to know that every time I put this pallium on—and my practice is to wear this every time I celebrate Eucharist, not just on special occasions—every time I place the pallium on my shoulders, it’s all of you that I wear, because it’s all of you that, as pastor, I carry in my heart and my prayer, and most especially who I take with me to this altar every day."



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