Dallas, Texas, Dec 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm
Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Monsignor J. Gregory Kelly, a local priest, to become the newest auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.
"I experience this new call to be an auxiliary bishop more than anything as a new grace from Christ and a new call to serve him, whom I love, and to whom I am especially grateful," Bishop-designate Kelly said at a Dec. 16 press conference.
Citing the start of the Church's Year of Mercy, he looked to the example of the Pope. He said Pope Francis "constantly reminds us that the path to life on high in Christ Jesus passes through the periphery, passes through going out to other people, our brothers and sisters who are suffering and hurting."
To these people, the monsignor said, "we are called to be signs and instruments of God's mercy, having received that mercy ourselves."