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The bishops of Burlington

Each of the 10 bishops of the Diocese of Burlington has brought unique gifts to his episcopate. Here is a look at each.
1. Bishop deGoesbriand, the “founding bishop”
Bishop Louis deGoesbriand was the first bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, which was founded in 1853. When he died in 1899, he left behind a Church that had grown both in number of Catholics number of churches and Catholic schools; by 1891 there were eight academies and 16 parochial schools in the Diocese with seven congregations of women religious to staff them. Five priests had awaited his arrival, and the number of Vermont priests grew to 52 in 1892 thanks to his efforts to foster vocations in Vermont and recruit priests from France, Canada and Ireland. The number of churches increased from 10 to 78 during his episcopacy, and the number of Catholics grew from less than 20,000 to more than 46,000 – most Irish or French-speaking Canadians. “There is no nook, no corner, no hamlet, no village, no town, no city of this Diocese which has not been repeatedly blessed by his presence and his labors,” said a bishop during Bishop DeGoesbriand’s funeral.
2. Bishop John S. Michaud, the “builder bishop”
The first native-born priest ordained for the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop John S. Michaud, began his building initiatives in Newport, his first assignment after his 1873 ordination to the priesthood. St. Mary Star of the Sea Church was the first of many construction projects he would oversee in his life. In 1879 Bishop deGoesbriand summoned him back to Burlington to oversee the building of St. Joseph’s Providence Orphan Asylum. Later, he oversaw the building of St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington before being named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese. His building efforts continued with Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester and a hospital in St. Johnsbury. It was Bishop Michaud who advocated a bill passed by the Vermont Legislature to make the Diocese of Burlington a legal corporation. By the end of his tenure, there were 100 churches and missions serving 75,000 Catholics.
3. Bishop Joseph J. Rice, the “education bishop”
Through the turbulent years that included World War I, a Spanish influenza epidemic, anti Catholicism and The Great Depression, the third bishop of Burlington, Bishop Joseph J. Rice, oversaw the expansion of Catholic education as well as the opening of the deGoesbriand Hospital in Burlington, increased social services and the building of new churches in rural areas of the statewide Diocese. Several Catholic high schools opened during his episcopacy including Cathedral High School in Burlington. In 1925 the Sisters of Mercy opened Trinity College in Burlington. And during the war, the bishop educated his flock about the need for peace. “We are now face to face with the stern realities of war,” he said in a pastoral letter. “Let us now implore the God of mercy and goodness that the scourge of way may cease and that its dreadful but salutary lessons may teach mankind.”
4. Bishop Matthew F. Brady, the “short-term bishop”
The fourth bishop of Burlington was the first to be transferred out of the Diocese. Before Bishop Matthew F. Brady became bishop of the neighboring Diocese of Manchester, N.H., he used his six years in Vermont to reorganize Vermont Catholic Charities, organized a Diocesan Schools Office and organized the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. He had been a Navy chaplain during World War I, and after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, he offered his prayers and support for the “boys” overseas fighting World War II. He lent his support to the labor union movement. “Let it be clearly understood that the position of the Catholic Church…is unquestionably and unalterably on the side of the laboring man until such time as he does injustice to employers,” he once wrote. He died in Vermont during a congress of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine as the bishop of Manchester in 1959.
5. Bishop Edward F. Ryan, “champion of rural churches”
Among the accomplishments of the fifth bishop of Burlington, Bishop Edward F. Ryan, were the reorganizing of societies, establishment of a Vermont edition of the Our Sunday Visitor national Catholic newspaper, encouragement of the development of Catholic youth organizations, bringing religious congregations to Vermont and building more rural churches. A champion of the rural Church, he convened at Camp Holy Cross in Colchester the first Catholic Rural Life Institute in the eastern United States. “The future of the Church in Vermont, as well as in other states, lies not in the urban population but in the rural areas,” he said. At the time, the Diocese invested $300,000 in 14 mission churches and chapels in Vermont. In less than eight years he oversaw the building of 23 churches in rural areas. He also invited religious orders and priests from his native Massachusetts to Vermont to help staff rural parishes.
6. Bishop Robert F. Joyce, “Vatican II bishop”
Proctor native and sixth bishop of Burlington Bishop Robert F. Joyce participated in the Second Vatican Council -- convened by Pope John XXIII in 1962 -- and presided over the changes in the Church that resulted from it. Bishop Joyce attended every session of the council. Through his correspondence with his chancellor, Msgr. Louis Gelineau, he kept abreast of what was happening at home and continued to issue orders about the running of the diocese. When the council ended in 1965, he began implementing changes like the celebration of Mass in the vernacular. He celebrated the first television Mass, and Vermont became the third Diocese in the country to give the green light for the celebration of Saturday Vigil Masses. An advocate of interfaith dialogue, Bishop Joyce promoted the reception of the Diocese as an affiliate member of the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society. “All of the things which the Vatican Council recommended I have tried to establish,” he said. “I call myself a liberal in that measure. I am, however, strongly against changing anything the Church does not recommend.” During his tenure, Bishop Joyce also faced issues relating to the Vietnam War, declining enrollment in parish schools and legalized abortion.
7. Bishop John A. Marshall, “the quintessential teacher-bishop”
When Bishop John A. Marshall – once a Catholic high school headmaster in his native Massachusetts --  became seventh bishop of Burlington in 1972, the Church was still feeling the effects of the Second Vatican Council, and it was up to him to see that directives from Rome were implemented and Catholic lay roles and ministries were clarified. In addition, he addressed cultural changes that affected the Church and the Green Mountain State. He taught and spoke out repeatedly and vehemently against abortion, he opposed the Equal Rights Amendment, he championed traditional family values, and he endorsed ecumenical efforts. Other topics he addressed included capital punishment, sexuality, homosexuality, gay rights legislation and the availability of condoms to inmates in Vermont correctional centers. Vermont Catholics were concerned about a myriad of justice issues during the Marshall years: poverty, hunger, homelessness, refugee resettlement, the nuclear arms race and U.S. policy in Central American to name a few. “Only … trust that God loves us can cast out fear and make us strong enough to set aside defensiveness in order to work for peace, to set aside self interest to work for justice, to set aside anger to work for mercy,” he once said. Austere by nature, he taught simplicity of life by his example. He oversaw the sale of the grand brick bishop’s residence, and he moved his quarters to a small, simple apartment in the remodeled Bishop Brady Center, the diocesan headquarters located in a former orphanage in Burlington.
8. Bishop Kenneth A. Angell, the “respect life bishop”
Perhaps nothing defines Bishop Kenneth A. Angell’s respect-life attitude as well as his forgiveness of the terrorists whose actions on Sept. 11, 2001, took the lives of his brother and sister-on-law. He celebrated a Mass the next day for all the victims and said he forgave the perpetrators because as a Christian he was told to forgive so he did. Though not unique in his respect-life stand, the eighth bishop of Burlington was often called upon to speak up for the vulnerable. He stood firmly against mandated abortion coverage in health care, began a Diocesan respect life phone tree to procure lobbying of state and national leaders and dedicated himself to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ efforts to “Confront a Culture of Violence.” At his request, the Vermont Knights of Columbus circulated a petition to aid the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines. He opposed the death penalty and launched a fax campaign to protest the execution of a Vermont native on death row. Another concern he faced was the growing shortage of priests in Vermont; he was instrumental in establishing a House of (vocation) Discernment at the Catholic Center at the University of Vermont and stressed the role of the laity in the life of the Church. In 1996 he oversaw the establishment of a Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy, and he dealt with the clergy abuse scandal.
9. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, “bishop of authenticity”
The ninth bishop of Burlington, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, faced unprecedented challenges as he dealt with the fallout of the priest sex abuse scandal, declining Mass attendance, fewer children in Catholic schools and an ever-increasing clergy shortage. But as he dealt with these issues, he remained steadfast in his devotion to authentic Church teaching. A strong and effective communicator, his priorities were to foster increased participation in the sacraments -- especially the Eucharist -- and to firmly uphold the teachings of the Church. He promulgated Guidelines for the Administration of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Burlington to guide both clergy and laity in the necessary preparations for and proper reception of the seven sacraments and oversaw the implementation of initiatives from Rome such as the Year of Faith and the implementation of a new translation of the Roman Missal. He invited outside priests to serve the Church in Vermont, advocated for the right to life of all persons and worked to uphold the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He oversaw programs to protect children and vulnerable adults and the closing and merger of parishes as well as the settlement of lawsuits dealing with allegations of clergy sexual abuse.
10. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, “the blogging bishop”
A former auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne already had become known as “the blogging bishop” when he arrived as the 10th bishop of Burlington. Adept at using all forms of social media to educate, inform and inspire, he has strengthened the communications efforts of the Diocese while also increasing staff to work in the areas of evangelization, catechesis, worship and youth and young adult ministry. He instituted the Diocese’s Year of Creation, an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice featuring various events, initiatives and resources to better educate Vermont Catholics and others and encourage the embracing of Pope Francis’ message in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” Bishop Coyne has convened the first Diocesan synod since the 1960s to establish a pastoral plan for the immediate future of the Catholic Church in Vermont and to establish particular laws and policies to do so. Only two and half years into his leadership role, Bishop Coyne is laying the foundation for a stronger, more engaged Church in Vermont.
--Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Catholic magazine.
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Bishop Kenneth Angell remembered at funeral for his forgiveness, humor, kindness

BURLINGTON--It is difficult to name one moment that defines a person’s life, but if Msgr. Richard Lavalley had to choose one to describe the life of the late Burlington Bishop Kenneth A. Angell, it would be the moment he stood on the steps of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington and forgave the terrorists who killed his brother and sister-in-law on Sept. 11, 2001.
“On those steps I heard the greatest homily I’ve ever heard in my life,” he said. Bishop Angell stood there, crosier in hand, and when asked how he felt about the terrorists who took the lives of his family members he said, “I am Christian. I am told to forgive so I do."

"And he did,” Msgr. Lavalley said in his homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Bishop Angell Oct. 11 in that very same church.

A friend of Bishop Angell, Msgr. Lavalley is pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski.
Bishop Angell, eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, died on Oct. 4 at the age of 86.
He has been remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness, his respect for life and his charity.
His wake took place in the co-cathedral on the day of the funeral and the day before, and scores of the faithful prayed next to the open casket.
Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese of Burlington provided an honor guard, with the changing of the guard every 12 minutes during the wake.
Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne, the celebrant of the Mass of Christian Burial, read a letter from the apostolic nuncio, Bishop Christophe Pierre, noting that Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Angell and recalled with gratitude his years of service to the Diocese of Burlington.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., metropolitan archbishop of Boston, along with eight bishops, priests, deacons, religious, friends, members of other faith communities, Catholic school children and others attended the 90-minute Mass.
The cardinal offered a light-hearted recollection of Bishop Angell, saying that when regional bishops had gone to Rome for an ad limina visit with Pope John Paul II, everyone was nervous and wondering what to say: “Ken Angell was the ice breaker” and soon had the pope “in peals of laughter.”
Karen Brendli of Brewster, N.Y., said before the funeral that many of her fondest memories of her uncle, the bishop, centered around Christmas. “Every year Uncle Ken would go to the prison in Rhode Island (where he was auxiliary bishop before coming to Burlington). He said it was an emotional time for him.”
The children in the family loved seeing him. “He always told stories with characters and voices that entertained the kids.”
Members of the Angell Family accompanied the casket to the front door of the church as bishops, priests and deacons – vested in white – stood under a bright blue sky at the bottom of the stairs singing Salve Regina.
Burial will be at a later date in the family plot in Rhode Island.
Click on the slideshow below to view more photos from the wake and Mass.

For more about the funeral and the life of Bishop Angell, see the upcoming commemorative publication from Vermont Catholic.

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Obituary: The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell

Winooski, Vermont – The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, age 86, died on October 4, 2016.  Bishop Angell was born on August 3, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late Henry and Mae (Cooney) Angell. Bishop Angell attended public and private elementary schools in Providence, Rhode Island.  He attended Our Lady of Providence High School and began his seminary studies at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island.  For his theological studies, he attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop Angell was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence by the Most Reverend Russell J. McVinney, fifth Bishop of Providence, on May 26, 1956, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island.
Bishop Angell began his priestly ministry in 1956 at St. Mark Parish, Jamestown, Rhode Island, and Sacred Heart Parish, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  In 1960 he served as Assistant pastor of St. Mary Parish, Newport.  In 1968 he became Assistant Chancellor and Secretary to the Most Reverend Russell J. McVinney, Bishop of Providence, and in 1972 was appointed Chancellor and Secretary to the Most Reverend Louis E. Gelineau, sixth Bishop of Providence.  Bishop Angell was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope Paul VI on December 17, 1972.
On August 13, 1974, he was appointed by Pope Paul VI as Titular Bishop of Settimunicia and Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, and was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau on October 7, 1974.  He then served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Providence until October 6, 1992, when he was appointed by Pope St. John Paul II as the eighth Bishop of Burlington.  He was installed as the eighth Bishop of Burlington on November 9, 1992.
Bishop Angell served as Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington throughout the rest of the 1990’s and into the new millennium.  He exhibited a shepherd’s heart in his care for all the people of Vermont and lived out his episcopal motto to “serve the Lord with gladness.”  After the events of September 11, 2001, in which his brother and sister-in-law lost their lives, he exhibited exceptional leadership in calling for forgiveness and mercy, as well as peace and reconciliation among all people.       
While Bishop of Burlington, Bishop Angell served on the Board of Trustees of Wadhams Hall Seminary and Champlain College and was active in the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society. In addition, Bishop Angell received honorary degrees from Providence College, Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Salve Regina College and St. Michael’s College.
Following thirteen years of leading the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Angell’s resignation from office was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on November 9, 2005.  During his retirement, Bishop Angell resided in Burlington, Stowe, Winooski and, most recently, at Our Lady of Providence Home in Winooski.
Bishop Angell was predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Lynn Angell.  He is survived by his sister Claire Miller and her husband Bernard, of Salem, NH, as well as nieces and nephews, Karen and Philip Brendli of Brewster, NY, and their children, Craig, Rebecca, Blair and her husband Samuel; Kathleen and Joseph Grinley of Salem, NH and their children Marissa and her husband Mark, Patrick and Jeffrey; Anne & David Rice of Syracuse NY, and their children Andrew, Lauren and Meredith; Stephen and Georgeann Miller of Golden Bridge, NY and their son, Gregory. He is also survived by a great-great nephew, Kenneth, and great-great niece, Abby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at 1 p.m., St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Allen Street, Burlington with Bishop Christopher J. Coyne as principal celebrant in the presence of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston.  Calling hours will be on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, from 3-7:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral.

Burial will take place in the Angell Family lot at St. Anne Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island at a later time.
Gifts in Bishop Angell’s memory may be made to the Priests Benefit Fund, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Bishop Kenneth Angell, eighth bishop of Burlington, has died

Bishop Kenneth A. Angell served as bishop of Burlington from 1992 to 2005, and from the beginning, he revealed a good-humored man of faith with a heart for the dignity of all humanity.
He died Oct. 4, 2016, at the age of 86.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington with  Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne as principal celebrant in the presence of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Calling hours will be on Monday, Oct. 10, from 3-7 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. at the co-cathedral. Burial will take place in the Angell Family lot at St. Anne Cemetery in Cranston, R.I., at a later time.
Beginning at his installation, Bishop Angell publicly showed his keen sense of humor. His predecessor, Bishop John A. Marshall – a more serious personality – said Bishop Angell’s sense of humor would be a welcome change for Vermonters. “Everyone’s been talking about his sense of humor and different personality, and it’s good to have that contrast,” Bishop Marshall said, indicating his own more serious side. But, he added, “He’s very serious about the teachings of the Church.”
During his installation, Bishop Angell spoke of social justice issues and a new mission of transforming society to better reflect Jesus’ values and called everyone to get involved.
He came to Vermont as a member of the Church and at the same time as one who was a pastor, as a disciple of Jesus and as a teacher of the faith.
In his installation homily he asked people to continue to put their gifts and talents at the service of the Church and said he prayed that people would always love the Church because it is the “extension of Christ.”
He pledged cooperation and support to those of other faiths and ecclesial communities in transforming society to reflect the values they shared and proclaimed, and he asked that people never cease to proclaim the dignity of all human life.
To assist men contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, Bishop Angell called for the establishment of a House of Discernment, opened in 1993 in four second-floor rooms at the Catholic Center at the University of Vermont, a place where young men of college age or older could spend a day, a weekend or longer praying and reflecting on whether they are being called to the priesthood. Msgr. Michael DeForge, then vocations director of the diocese, said the house would benefit the entire community by helping to create a “culture of vocations."

With the full support of Bishop Angell, the Diocese of Burlington began a new Ministry Training program to provide education, training and support for those who discerned a call to leadership ministries, to nurture their spiritual lives; to provide a firm foundation in Scripture, spirituality and Catholic teachings; and to develop an awareness and appreciation of the diversity and complementarity of vocations and states of life.

Bishop Angell was dedicated to protecting the dignity of all life. In 1993, he lead an ecumenical group of more than 1,500 right-to-life supporters to the Statehouse in Montpelier where he presented a petition containing more than 29,000 signatures against mandated abortion coverage in health care. He also began a diocesan wide Respect Life Phone Tree, which he activated whenever immediate action was needed to lobby state or national leaders.

In 1995, at the behest of the bishop, who had dedicated himself to the USCCB’s efforts to “confront a Culture of Violence," the Knights of Columbus collected more than 6,000 signatures on a petition to aid the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.
In 1996 Bishop Angell established a diocesan Bishop’s Commission on Women to ascertain the needs and concerns of Vermont Catholics on issues related to women in the Church. “We have been trying to open up jobs and ministries to women, and although we have had some success, it is not yet all that we hope for,” he said.
A strong supporter of traditional marriage, Bishop Angell in 2000 released a statement saying, “We believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between one man and one woman, entered into for life, and open to the possibility of children and family. We believe that a stable, life-long relationship of husband and wife best serves the procreation, care and education of children. We believe further that re-defining marriage, expanding it to include other private relationships, will ultimately attack the age-old truth that traditional marriage and stable families constitute the very foundation of our society.”
In 2001 he wrote to the House to express his opposition to capital punishment, saying, "We must not perpetuate the crime of murder by becoming a society that kills for retribution.... We must not promote or justify a culture of vengeance. We cannot hope to teach that killing is wrong by killing."

Tragedy struck the nation – and the Angell Family in particular – on Sept. 11, 2001. The bishop’s younger brother, David Angell -- the Emmy Award-winning creator and producer of Frasier -- and his wife, Lynn, died during the terror attacks aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Nearly 1,200 people attended a Memorial Mass Sept. 12 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for the victims of the terrorist attacks. At the beginning of the Mass, Bishop Angell prayed for the victims, their families, friends, rescue workers and President George W. Bush. He also asked the congregation to pray for the perpetrators “that they may be moved to repentance.” Addressing the media after the Mass, Bishop Angell was asked how he could call for prayers for the perpetrators of such senseless violence; he replied, “I am a Christian. I have to forgive, so I do.”

It was also during his tenure as bishop that the clergy sexual abuse scandal came to light, and he participated in the acceptance of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse.
“I was so moved by the testimony of those abused. My heart went out to the victims—each of these people whose lives have been so deeply affected by offending clergy,” he shared. The diocese established the Office of Safe Environments to implement the charter and to oversee programs to ensure safety for those involved with Church ministries.

In 2003 Bishop Angell spearheaded the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the diocese. More than 1,300 people gathered at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral for the celebratory Mass. “As we look back and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Burlington, we are most grateful for the hearty and God-fearing Catholics of Vermont who preserved our faith, hope and charity through four centuries of Vermont winters, wilderness, politics, priests, bishops and countless tests of faith,” he said.

Faced with a shortage of priests and a decline in weekly Mass attendance, the bishop explained that a “drought in priestly vocations” had caused the diocese to re-evaluate how priests are assigned. In 2004, Bishop Angell called for a sweeping study of parish reconfigurations, consolidations and schedule changes. He then wrote a pastoral letter to address the challenge of maintaining and fostering pastoral life in the diocese while facing a decreasing number of priests to serve in ministry.
Some parishes adopted a share-a-pastor model; other parishes used pastoral associates and other lay ministers to assist the pastor in meeting the demands of parish life. Some had adjusted Mass schedules, and some churches were reduced to seasonal or occasional use. Some were closed. Regional meetings took place to aid in the pastoral planning process.

In 2004, Bishop Angell wrote to 49 Catholic Vermont legislators seeking to open lines of communication and expressing his willingness to discuss specific issues of import to Catholics. “A well-informed Catholic conscience is a precious and great gift to those who thirst and strive for justice,” he wrote. He told the Catholic legislators to contact him and/or members of the Diocesan Respect Life Committee on “any such matters of conscience and related concerns.”
He met with Gov. Douglas to deliver a stack of petitions in opposition to physician-assisted suicide. “We are here this day in the name of all who respect life, to petition your support in the effort to keep physician-assisted suicide illegal in our beloved state,” he said. “Assisted suicide not only abdicates the sworn duties of all physicians to nurture life, but it infringes upon the power of the Almighty who is the Author of Life and Death.”

In the pastoral letter, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Reflections on the Formation of a Catholic Conscience,” Bishop Angell stated that prominent figures who profess the Catholic faith must be particularly cautious in the way they publicly represent their beliefs on the value of human life. “We hope they will take great care to lead, not mislead the faithful on any and all respect life issues,” he wrote. “Public statements and opinions which distort Catholic Church teachings can confuse the faithful, cause them great pain and promote disunity within the Church.”
Bishop Angell maintained a respect for the dignity of humanity and a sense of humor during his tenure as Bishop of Burlington. He lived up to his episcopal motto: “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” for indeed, he was serving the Lord.
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