On Thursday, Steven Raica was ordained as the new bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord.
Hundreds of people, including 20 bishops and more than 140 priests from all over the world, attended the ceremony.
Ordination of a bishop is a tradition that has been going on for thousands of years. Some of the prayers they use date back to the year 200.
â??The Bishop is the head of the local church and he exercises the authority that comes from the Apostles,â?? said Archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron. â??We hand on this ministry by imposing hands and saying a consecration prayer, so itâ??s really this whole territory getting a new pastor."
Steven Raica was appointed to be the bishop in June by Pope Francis, but the ordination is a tradition sacred to Catholicism.
â??We Catholics believe that it's not just a delegation, but in fact an authorization is given by the right,â?? said Archbishop Vigneron. â??It gives power to perform the tasks that a bishop needs to do. Because he's ordained a bishop he can ordain other priests and deacons, he can lead the church.â??
The ceremony was filled with music, prayer and a homily.
â??He will help to continue the presence of the apostolic college in your midst, so welcome him and revere him as a minister of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God,â?? said Bishop of Lansing, Earl Boyea.
The ceremony finished with the actual ordination, which is a tradition that dates back thousands of years.
â??The ordination takes place in the middle of the celebration of the Eucharist,â?? said Archbishop Vigneron. â??After the reading of the gospel there's a reading of the letter that comes from the Holy Father. Then a ring is placed on his finger like this ring, as a sign that heâ??s married to the Diocese of Gaylord and needs to treat her like his spouse because thatâ??s his job here in the diocese.â??
As the bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Steven Raica will serve 21 counties and more than 66 thousand Catholics.