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Former Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell to become Cardinal on Saturday, November 19

Press Release (PDF)

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, will become a Cardinal at a special Consistory ceremony presided by Pope Francis. In addition, Pope Francis will preside over Mass on Sunday, November 20, the solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door which concludes the Holy Year of Mercy. A group of approximately 200 Dallas Catholics are traveling to witness the historic event.

Cardinal-designate Farrell had served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas from 2007 until October  1st, 2016 after Pope Francis announced that he had chosen the Cardinal-designate as the Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery (Department) for the Laity, Family and Life. Cardinal-designate Farrell moved to Rome on October 6th and just three days later the Holy Father announced on Oct. 9th that he would elevate the former bishop to Cardinal.

What are the main events during the celebration of the new Cardinals?

Saturday, November 19 - 4:00 a.m. CST
Rome -11:00 a.m. CET (UTC +1)

ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY FOR THE CREATION OF NEW CARDINAL
From St. Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass with The Holy Father as he elevates prelates to the level of cardinal.

Sunday, November 20 - 2:50 a.m. CST
Rome - 9:50 a.m. CET (UTC +1)

CLOSING MASS OF THE JUBILEE OF MERCY
Pope Francis presides over Mass on the solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door which concludes the Holy Year of Mercy

 

What is a Consistory?

During the Roman imperial epoch the term consistorium (Latin con-sistere, to stand together) was used to designate the sacred council of the emperors. In time it came to designate the senate of the Roman pontiff, that is, "the assemblage of the Cardinals in council around the Pope".

What will happen during the Consistory?

During the Papal Consistory Ceremony, each of the 17 prelates will kneel before Pope Francis to receive their ring and scarlet red zucchetti (small skullcaps) and biretta (four-cornered silk hats), which marks their status as Prince of the Church. As stated by Pope St. John Paul II, ‘‘The scarlet that they wear recalls the blood of the martyrs, sealed by Peter and Paul, on whose supreme witness is based the calling and the universal mission of the Church of Rome and of her pastor.’’

Where can I learn more about Consistory events online?

Follow the social media for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for live event coverage from the Texas Catholic news team as well as Bishop Lynch Senior Jessica Taylor, who will be traveling with the diocese pilgrimage group.

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Other Resources

Catholic Extension is leading a pilgrimage to Rome for the Nov. 19 consistory and the Nov. 20 close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and is inviting those who cannot be in the Eternal City in person for the historic events to follow along online. “Digital pilgrims” can be part of the Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 pilgrimage by signing up at www.catholicextension.org/digitalpilgrimage.

 

 

 


Bishop Kevin J. Farrell named Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Official Statements

With a Moto Proprio, Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas.

Online Resources

From the Vatican

News articles

Papal documents relating to the dicastery


Press Releases

Former Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell made Cardinal on Saturday, November 19

Posted: 11/16/2016 1:58 PM

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, was made a Cardinal at a special Consistory ceremony presided by Pope Francis. Learn about consistories, and watch the Consistory Mass online. [More]


Nov 21 - 2p - Bishop-Elect Monsignor Robert M. Coerver Ordination as Bishop of Lubbock

Posted: 11/9/2016 2:52 PM

Bishop-Elect Robert Coerver, 62, was appointed as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas on September 27, 2016. Robert Coerver, a native of Dallas, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas on January 27, 1980, and most recently served as Pastor of St. Rita Parish in Dallass. [More]


Bishop Kevin Farrell to be made Cardinal

Posted: 10/9/2016 8:05 AM

The Diocese of Dallas gives thanks for the news that Bishop Kevin Farrell, former bishop of the diocese and new Prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life in Rome, will be made a cardinal. [More]


National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities - September 9

Posted: 8/21/2016 3:53 PM

In the wake of the multiple tragedies this summer in many communities throughout the U.S., including here in Dallas, USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. The designated date for this observance is Friday, September 9th for parishes throughout the U.S, on the Feast of St. Peter Claver. [More]


More on Bishop Farrell’s new role as Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 11:18 AM

What makes the creation of this dicastery unique? What will Bishop Farrell be doing for the dicastery? Learn more about this new role for Bishop Kevin J. Farrell in the Roman Curia. [More]


Statement by Bishop Farrell on his appointment as Prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 5:45 AM

The following is Bishop Kevin J. Farrell’s response to the Papal announcement of his appointment as the Prefect of the newly established Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. [More]


Bishop Kevin J. Farrell named Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 5:12 AM

With a Moto Proprio, Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas. [More]


Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas Launch 2016 – 2017 School Year

Posted: 8/8/2016 4:27 PM

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Dallas begin heading back to the classroom on Wednesday, August 10th. See the complete list of start dates for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Notice of Death - Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD

Posted: 6/24/2016 11:19 AM

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD from Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Deacon Muñoz died on the afternoon of June 22nd, after a prolonged illness. [More]


Bishop Farrell's statement on Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis - The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)

Posted: 4/8/2016 9:14 AM

"This is an extraordinary document on the family and it will be the focus of the Church for years to come. Amoris Laetitia emphasizes the importance of the family as the foundation of society. It clearly defines the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family." [More]


Easter Message from Bishop Farrell

Posted: 3/26/2016 10:50 AM

Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia, alleluia! [More]


Prayers for Brussels

Posted: 3/23/2016 2:54 PM

Bishop Farrell asks all Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas to please pray for the people of Brussels during this difficult time and for an end to violence. [More]


David Woodyard Named Catholic Charities of Dallas CEO

Posted: 2/29/2016 3:15 PM

Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD), one of the largest social services organization in Greater Dallas, today announced the hiring of David Woodyard as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the organization’s 17 programs serving more than 30,000 children, families and seniors in need every year. [More]


Pope Appoints Bishop Deshotel to Lead Lafayette

Posted: 2/17/2016 5:38 AM

Pope Francis has named Diocese of Dallas auxiliary bishop, the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, to serve as the new Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana. The appointment was announced today in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, followed by the announcement in the Diocese of Lafayette. [More]


The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly Ordained Bishop for Catholic Diocese

Posted: 2/11/2016 10:50 AM

The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly was ordained a bishop before a capacity crowd on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. [More]


Catholic Diocese of Dallas Reaches $125 Million Capital Campaign Goal

Posted: 2/8/2016 2:09 PM

The first capital campaign ever undertaken by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas has reached its goal of $125 million. [More]


Dallas priest Monsignor John Gregory Kelly named Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 12/16/2015 7:39 AM

Read the announcement and watch the video of the press conference introducing Greg Kelly as the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Join Pope and Bishops Worldwide in Opening The Holy Door of Mercy

Posted: 12/11/2015 3:07 PM

In accordance with the decree of Pope Francis and in unity with bishops all over the world, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will open the “Door of Mercy” at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue in Dallas at 12 noon Mass on Sunday, December 13th. [More]


Non-Profit Financial Leader Named New CFO of Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 2:56 PM

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is pleased to announce that after a lengthy and comprehensive search, Cecilia A. Colbert, C.P.A. has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Colbert replaces Michael Weis who retired in July after 20 years as CFO for the diocese. [More]


New Superintendent Chosen to Lead Catholic Schools in Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 2:56 PM

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas will soon have a new leader. Dr. Matthew Vereecke was selected after a nationwide search to fill the superintendent’s post vacated by the retirement of Sister Gloria Cain, SSND. [More]


Bishop Kevin Farrell responds to the SCOTUS ruling on marriage

Posted: 6/26/2015 2:32 PM

From Bishop Farrell: "The same Constitution that has now been held to open civil marriage to same-sex couples confirms and protects the Church’s right to carry forward the historic teaching of the Church regarding the Sacrament of Marriage." [More]


Statement from Bishop Farrell on Laudato Si'

Posted: 6/18/2015 7:39 AM

From Bishop Farrell: "I commend Pope Francis for this encyclical, Laudato Si’, and hope those who read it will accept it as call to conversion and action." [More]


Help Fight Attempts to Deny Parental Choice for Texas Children's Education

Posted: 3/30/2015 2:21 PM

Bishop Farrell joins his brother Bishops throughout the state in supporting this Action Alert from the Texas Catholic Conference. Please support parental choice for the education of Texas children. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Celebrate Christmas Mass at Cathedral

Posted: 12/19/2014 3:59 PM

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will mark the birth of Jesus Christ when he celebrates the Christmas Vigil Mass (English) at 9 pm, December 24, 2014 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. [More]


In the Spirit of the Christmas Season, Catholic Charities Brings Joy, Support to Local Families in Need

Posted: 12/16/2014 2:28 PM

Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell presents $2.1 million check to Catholic Charities from Diocese’s capital campaign [More]


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