San Angelo welcomes Sis as new Bishop

Hundreds attend ordaining ceremony

By Adam Sauceda / Stephanie Garcia
On January 31, 2014

  • Adam Aldric Garcia, senior, performs at the Cork & Pig Tavern. Kimberley Parker
  • Adam Aldric Garcia, senior, performs at the Cork & Pig Tavern. Kimberley Parker

A new bishop of San Angelo became ordained at the Junell Center at 2 p.m. Monday.
The Most Rev. Michael J. Sis became the sixth Bishop of San Angelo after the Bishop Michael Pfeifer resigned.

The audience on the main floor of the Junell Center where the ceremony took place included: priests, deacons, brother bishops, knights of Columbus, the family of Bishop Sis and many other honored members of the Catholic Church.

Sis spoke loud and clear near the end of the ceremony and brought the audience to their feet as they applauded and cheered when he personally walked to every section of the arena to give a blessing.

 The Junell Center seated hundreds of people who took pictures of one of the Catholic Church's most ancient traditions.

The ordination and installment of Sis progressed into a Mass with a presentation of vows and further traditions to ordain Sis.

Sophomore Zachary Miranda said we wanted to take the opportunity to see one of the most revered Catholic ceremonies.

"It was an honor to see this kind of once in a life time ceremony," he said. "Even though I'm not Catholic I can appreciate the kind of high significance of the Mass,"

His friendly character hardly went unnoticed, sophomore Alejandra Perales said. Perales met Sis through the Newman Center.

"Sis just seemed really super friendly and just seemed really eager to know everything about the Newman Center and I thought he was just super ready to be the Bishop."

Newman Center Secretary Michelle Hamilton said Sis is very friendly.

"He is very eager to meet lots of new people, and he asked a lot of questions about the university and our relationship with the university."

Sis is no stranger to campus ministries, he severed as parochial vicar then pastor at Texas A&M for 13 ½ years
The Newman Center expects to see a lot of Sis after his visit with them where he expressed a great interest about Angelo State and their campus ministries.

"I'm sure in time he'll make his own changes," Hamilton said. "I think he'll have a focus on college students which he has a lot of heart for and people are seeing him a lot more."

Bishop Sis is now in charge of the Dioceses of San Angelo and is to perform "bishoply" duties and administer other Catholic ceremonies.

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