On the last two successive Sundays of October, Dom Daniel Nash and Dom Elias Carr were formally installed in their respective parishes; according to the custom of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the liturgical celebration of the installation often occurs after a sufficient period of time has allowed the parishioners to come to know their new pastor. The climax of the installation of the new pastor is his public recitation of the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity (printed in full at the end of the page). The newly elected local Dean, the Very Reverend Robert Romeo, pastor of the neighboring parish of St. Boniface in Sea Cliff, N.Y., represented the bishop for these two ceremonies.
Enjoy the photos.
Church of St. Rocco
The Very Reverend Robert Romeo installed the Very Reverend Dom Elias Carr, Canon of Klosterneuburg, as the tenth pastor of the Church of Saint Rocco, founded in 1937, on October 23th, the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, in 2011.
Are you in charge of a parish? If so, do not neglect the parish of your own soul, do not give yourself to others so completely that you have nothing left for yourself. You have to be mindful of your people without becoming forgetful of yourself.
– St. Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan
St. Patrick on the Hill
The Very Reverend Robert Romeo installed the Very Reverend Dom Daniel Stephen Nash, Canon of Klosterneuburg and Prior of the Canonry of Saint Leopold, as the 11th pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church, founded in 1856, on October 30th, the Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time, in 2011.
Blessed John Paul II promulgated the most recent forms of the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity in 1998. The current form of the Profession of Faith brings together the Nicene-Constantionpolian Creed (381 A.D.) with a Concluding Formula, which lays out the levels of Magisterial teaching in light of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (1964), and their post-conciliar articulation in Ordinatio sacerdotalis (1994) and in Evangelium Vitae (1995).
Profession of Faith
For Cardinal Ratzinger’s commentary on the concluding formula of the Profession of Faith (Professio Fidei), issued on June 29, 1998, the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, please click <here>.
I, N., with firm faith believe and profess everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith: namely:
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgement or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.
I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.
Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.
Oath of Fidelity
I, N., in assuming the office of pastor, promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church, in my spoken words as well as in my manner of action.
I shall carry out with the greatest care and fidelity the duties incumbent on me toward both the universal Church and the particular Church, in which, according to the provisions of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.
In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings opposed to that faith.
I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and I shall observer all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law.
In Christian obedience I shall unite myself with what is declared by the bishops as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, or established by them as those responsible for the governance of the Church; I shall also faithfully assist the diocesan bishops, in order that the apostolic activity exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church may be carried out in communion with the same Church.
So help me God, and God’s Holy Gospels on which I place my hand.