Tuesday, June 19, 2012

For the first time in thirty years: new monsignors in the Diocese of Nashville

A generic coat of arms for a Monsignor
of the rank, "Prelate of Honor to His Holiness."
Today, two Nashville priests
were named Monsignors by the Pope
at the nomination of Bishop Choby.
It was announced today that two Nashville priests were appointed Monsignors by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the nomination of His Excellency the Bishop of Nashville.  They are the first Nashville priests to be so honored, at the nomination of their own bishop, in almost thirty years.

The press release from the Tennessee Register:—

Bishop David R. Choby announced today that Father William S. Bevington and Father W. Bernard Niedergeses have been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be Monsignors with the rank of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness.

Provisions for this particular honor is reserved to those priests who distinguish themselves in their service to the Church.

The Bishop indicated that while on his "Ad Limina" visit to the Holy See back in January, he had presented a letter requesting this honor for both priests, who each served the Catholic faithful of Tennessee for over six decades.

"I could not be more delighted than I am," stated the bishop.  "All of the priests of the Diocese of Nashville, as well as priests of our neighboring dioceses, look upon Fathers Bevington and Niedergeses as models for priestly life".

"Both men witness to a generous, unassuming way in which the Gospel is announced and supported in the lives of God's people.  As the Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, in my own name and that of the priests, deacons, religious, and faithful, I say thank you and congratulations  on a much deserved honor."
Congratulations to Monsignors Bevington and Niedergeses! Ad multos annos!

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