|Priests entering the sanctuary on the field in the stadium.|
|Fr. Michael stating his willingness to accept the office of bishop.|
|Bishop Angel Garachana of San Pedro Sula, one of the three co-ordaining bishops,|
imposes his hands on Fr. Michael's head.
|During the prayer of consecration, the Book of the Gospels|
is suspended over the new bishop's head.
|Bishop Michael taking over as main celebrant just after the rite of ordination.|
|A campesino couple bringing up gifts at the offertory.|
|Fr. Michael with family members that came from Ireland, England and the US.|
|At Mass on Sunday morning the new bishop "takes possession" of the new cathedral,|
to a packed house (below).
The whole experience was really overwhelming. There was an almost tangible sense of grace in the air, and a powerful sentiment of hope among everyone who participated. The Church of Christ and Christ Himself came even closer to the people of Ceiba, and they perceived this new presence and responded with overflowing enthusiasm. We were told that there was a notable decrease in violence and crime as the event approached, and people who had been away from the Church were returning. The significance and the impact of the ministry of bishop was brought home to me in a new and deeper way. Somehow the moment in which the Book of the Gospels is held over the new bishop's head expresses that meaning for me: we pray that the Holy Spirit infuse this man with the Gospel so that he can live it, proclaim it, transmit it and make it come alive for those entrusted to his care. It was an experience in which one could see the Church being regenerated and taking a step forward in history and into the lives of the people of Honduras.