COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus will have a new bishop as the Vatican announced they have appointed the city’s 13th bishop of the catholic diocese of Columbus.
Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Earl K. Fernandes, a priest of the archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the new bishop of Columbus.
Rev. Fernandes was introduced Saturday in a press conference at the Catholic Center in Columbus.
“I’m also grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis who has given me the opportunity to proclaim the joy of the gospel,” said Rev. Fernandes.
Fernandes is an Ohio native. He grew up in Toledo and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo.
In his opening statements, Rev. Fernandes says his parents faith, values, and hard work are what guides his work.
“My biggest debt of gratitude is my parents, without who I would be absolutely nothing,” said Rev. Fernandes, “I am grateful for the gift of life and faith that they imparted to my brothers and to me and for the many hidden sacrifices they made for us boys.”
He will succeed Reverend Robert Brennan who was installed as the bishop of Brooklyn last November.
Fernandes is set to be ordained a bishop of the Catholic Church and installed as the city’s new bishop on May 31.
You can watch his remarks in the video player below.