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Parishioners react to new Bishop

by Kelsie Smith

Rochester, N.Y. -- Catholics made their way to church Sunday morning, just days after Pope Francis selected 67-year-old Salvatore Matano, a Bishop in Burlington, Vermont as the new Bishop of the Rochester Diocese.

Parishioners welcomed the news after waiting a year.

I'm so glad it's finally started you know, a new beginning, a new bishop, it's great, said Carole DaCurran, Sunday morning at St. Ambrose Church, in Rochester.

Its a big change for the diocese.

Bishop Matthew Clark, who retired September 2012, served for 33 years.

I'm looking forward to see what's going to happen, said parishioner Allen Gefell. We've been under the same leadership for the last 33 years and it's kind of like people get into a rut of what they do and what they say, and it will be a refreshing change, I think.

On Wednesday Salvatore Matano said one thing he hopes to do is increase church attendance.

If you're not practicing the faith, please come home, said Matano. Come home. We miss you. Come home.

Something practicing Catholics were glad to hear.

I like the idea that he's thinking, opening up, said Josephine M. Perini, welcoming people, [and] bringing everyone back to the church.

Bishop Matano plans to lead the diocese for eight years until he's required to retire at age 75.

He will be publically installed as bishop in January.

 
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