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Diocese of Fargo Welcomes New Bishop

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The Diocese of Fargo welcomed its eighth bishop Wednesday afternoon. Bishop John Folda was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Mary before fellow bishops, priests and many of the faithful.

As he entered the cathedral, the soon-to-be bishop was all smiles, saying, "God is good," when asked how he was feeling.

"It is a tremendous joy for my own heart to see his deep faith, his love of Christ, his youth, his enthusiasm," says Archbishop Samuel Aquila, former Bishop for Fargo's Diocese.

Aquila says although he had only met Bishop Folda once before, he is filled with peace, knowing his former home has been left in good hands.

He says, "Certainly he'll bring his own leadership style, his own skills, but it's the same faith."

After 11 months of prayer for a new leader, the people in the Diocese of Fargo were eager to open up and welcome the Bishop home. "To have that kind of welcome, that kind of support, and just to know that we're all a family together. I feel very much a part of the family already," says Bishop Folda.

Folda was a priest in the Lincoln diocese in Nebraska for 24 years. He says he holds a special place in his heart for Lincoln, but he is also excited to be a part of a state setting the pace for the defense of life, referring to new anti-abortion legislation.

"I look forward to being part of that whole work of proclaiming the gospel of life and defending life whenever we can," says the newly ordained bishop.

A sure sign, Archbishop Aquila says, that Fargo's diocese will have a good shepherd for years to come.

Aquila adds, "The Lord never lets us down, and He provides the Church with wonderful shepherds, and Bishop Folda will be one of those."

Bishop Folda says his next couple days will be a little quieter. He will spend time with family before they head back to Nebraska. From there he will dive into the full duties of being a bishop.

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