As the appointed official liaisons by the President’s Cabinet to the Diocese of Steubenville for the Ordination and Installation of our new Bishop, Jeffrey Monforton, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone at the university who helped make this event a success.
Franciscans are known for their charism of Joy; we have seen first-hand that the interactions of the students and staff with our on-campus guests allowed each to encounter Christ joyfully in their welcome onto campus. There were countless hours of dedicated service put into the event for the ordination ceremony. Many hours went unseen, in the setting up and tearing down of chairs, putting out programs on chairs, setting up tarps, tearing down afterwards and greeting everyone from the Pope’s representative and Cardinals to the guests and family members of Bishop Monforton.
This could not have taken place without the full cooperation and support of all our students, faculty and staff. Your generous spirit of sacrifice and willingness to serve others moved and impressed many of our guests. The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, mentioned specifically to Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, how impressed he was with our students and their joy. We want to thank all the students who so graciously moved their cars off campus to make room for our visitors. Close to 250 cars were migrated over to 909 Bowling parking on Sunday evening. We also appreciate the administration’s support in parking needs through the early dismissal of faculty and staff.
The university was able to welcome more than 30 bishops – including the Papal Nuncio and two cardinals – to campus, many of whom were here for the first time. Many of our guests complimented us on our student workers and pointed to their cheerfulness and spirit of dedication as a testimony to the unique culture at Franciscan.
We want to thank Sodexo Food Services, Events, Student Life, Chapel Ministries, Security and everyone who helped make this event such an outstanding success. In the words of our Holy Father, St. Francis: “For it is in giving that we receive.” Let us give thanks for our new shepherd, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton.
-Robert Palladino & John Magee