New Auxiliary Bishop, Albert Bahhuth was ordained on Monday, Sept. 26, at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown along with three others elect: Matthew J. Elshoff, OFM Cap., Brian A. Nunes, and Slawomir Szkredka.
By Briony James
They were chosen by Pope Francis at the request of Archbishop José Gomez, to lead flocks in the Greater Los Angeles diocese in July. Bishop Albert will leave Holy Family parish in South Pasadena on Oct. 1 to take charge of the San Fernando Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese.
The ordination of the new Auxiliary Bishops was presided over by Cardinal-elect Christophe Pierre and Archbishop José Gomez. Holy Family will celebrate its new bishop this weekend with Masses, spiritual bouquets of prayers, and receptions after each Mass where he will bestow his episcopal blessings on the congregation. The congregation will also present him with a crozier, a shepherd’s crook staff, representative of his office.
Bishop Albert, born in Beirut Lebanon, emigrated to the United States at 20, studying, then teaching Chemical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. He moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and attended St John’s Seminary in 1991. He has served at St. Finbar’s in Burbank, St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Santa Clarita, and as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia under Archbishop Gomez. He has recently been pastor at Holy Family for two years. We congratulate the new Auxiliary Bishops and wish them luck and grace in their new responsibilities.
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