June 30, 2021 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has announce that the ordination and installation of Bishop-elect William E. Koenig as the Tenth Bishop of Wilmington on July 13, 2021 at 1:45 p.m. will be live-streamed from St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, on the Diocesan YouTube channel – YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm, and carried live on the Catholic Faith Network (CFN) serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Mass will also be available on-demand via CFN on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android or the free CFN app. CFN will also be encoring the Mass at 8:00 pm that night. Additionally, viewers throughout the United States and Canada can watch a delayed broadcast of the Mass on EWTN: Global Catholic Network, on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Pope Francis named the Reverend Monsignor William Edward Koenig, Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, as the Tenth Bishop of Wilmington on April 30, 2021. The announcement of the appointment was made by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop-elect Koenig follows the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly who has served as Bishop of the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2008.
Bishop-elect Koenig will be ordained to the Order of Bishop by Archbishop William Lori, Metropolitan Archbishop of Baltimore. It will only be the second time in history that an ordination of this type has taken place within the diocese. The first was Bishop John J. Monaghan’s episcopal consecration by Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore on May 9, 1897 at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. All other Wilmington bishops were ordained to the Order outside of Delaware or Maryland’s Eastern Shore prior to being installed as Bishop of Wilmington.
In addition to Archbishops Lori and Pierre and Bishop Malooly, about twenty Catholic bishops are expected to attend, including two Cardinals.
More information about Bishop-elect Koenig, Bishop Malooly, and how Bishops are selected is available online at cdow.org/NewBishop.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 27 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 240,000 Catholics in the diocese. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org.
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