Quantcast

Diocese of Fargo Welcomes New Bishop - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Diocese of Fargo Welcomes New Bishop

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Former NDSU Football Player Making Strides in Recovery

    Former NDSU Football Player Making Strides in Recovery

    The former NDSU football player who was knocked unconscious outside of a Mankato bar in May is taking some major steps in his road to recovery.
    The former NDSU football player who was knocked unconscious outside of a Mankato bar in May is taking some major steps in his road to recovery.
  • 9-Year-Old ND Angler in line to Break World Record

    9-Year-Old ND Angler in line to Break World Record

    Youth angler Brayden Selzler’s catch on July 25 shattered a North Dakota state record for goldeye that’s been in the books for 16 years. Now he could now be in the running to break a world record.
    Youth angler Brayden Selzler’s catch on July 25 shattered a North Dakota state record for goldeye that’s been in the books for 16 years. Now he could now be in the running to break a world record.

  • Kids Summer Camps

    Kids Summer Camps

    Before the start of the school year some parents may be looking for summer programs for their kids. Through out the valley there are still plenty of ways to get your kids involved in classes and camps.
    Before the start of the school year some parents may be looking for summer programs for their kids. Through out the valley there are still plenty of ways to get your kids involved in classes and camps.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNowAll content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Valley News Live. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.