Bishop-elect Richard Henning poses with members of his family before his episcopal ordination.
Seminarians Paul Clores, Cody Bobick, Stephen Rooney and Ken Grooms arrive for the Mass.
Members of the Knights of Columbus serve as an honor guard.
Bishop-elect Henning and Father Michael Duffy, his master of ceremonies, arrive at St. Agnes Cathedral.
Bishop-elect Henning greets a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre before Mass.
Bishop-elect Henning greets members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre before Mass.
Bishop-elect Henning looks on as deacons enter the cathedral.
Priests participate in the opening procession.
Bishops Robert Guglielmone, center, of Charleston, SC, and Richard Malone of Buffalo, NY, process toward the cathedral. Bishop Guglielmone formerly served as a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan joins Bishop John Barres in the procession.
Bishops process into the cathedral.
Matthew Killeen, a friend of Bishop Henning, proclaims the first reading.
Karol Garcia, Bishop Henning's executive assistant, proclaims the second reading.
Deacon Lawrence Faulkenberry, director of deacon personnel, elevates the Book of the Gospels.
Msgr. James McDonald, pastor of St. Aidan Parish, Williston Park, presents Bishop-elect Henning to Bishop Barres.
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., presents to Bishop-elect Henning the apostolic letter from Pope Francis announcing his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre.
Bishop-designate Henning shows the apostolic letter to the congregation as he processes through the cathedral.
Bishop Barres lays his hands upon the head of Bishop-elect Henning, conferring the power of the Holy Spirit.
Auxiliary Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski lays hands on Bishop-elect Henning.
Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland, former Rockville Centre auxiliary bishop, lays hands on Bishop-elect Henning.
Deacons Dennis Schlosser and Joseph Peralta hold the Book of the Gospels above the head of Bishops-elect Henning as Bishop Barres reads the prayer of consecration.
Bishop Barres uses chrism to anoint Bishop Henning's head.
Bishop Barres presents the Book of the Gospels to Bishop Henning.
Bishop Barres places a ring on Bishop Henning's finger.
Bishop Barres and Father Eric Fasano place a miter on Bishop Henning's head.
Bishop Barres presents a crosier to Bishop Henning.
Bishop Henning smiles as he receives applause from the assembly, including Auxiliary Bishops Robert Brennan, left, and Andrzej Zglejszewski.
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Emil Wcela exchanges the sign of peace with Bishop Henning.
Bishop John Barres elevates the Eucharist.
Bishop Henning gives Communion to his mother, Maureen.
Bishop Henning blesses the congregation as he processes through the cathedral.
Bishop Henning is greeted by Cardinal Dolan.
Bishop Henning addresses the congregation at the conclusion of Mass.
Bishop Barres imparts the final blessing.
Newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning is joined by fellow bishops and Cardinal Dolan after Mass. Front row, from left, Bishop William Murphy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop John Barres, Bishop Henning, Archbishop Christophe Pierre and retired Auxiliary Bishop John Dunne. Back row, from left, retired Auxiliary Bishop Emil Wcela, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan.
Scores of well-wishers line up to greet the new bishop at a reception after Mass.
Bishop Henning imparts a blessing on his parents, Maureen and Richard.
Bishop Henning poses for a photo with Father Sandro da Luz of Our Holy Redeemer Parish, Freeport, and his parents, Teresa and Orlando da Luz.
Bishop Henning blesses Lisa and Michael Reali Sr. after Mass.
Bishop Henning poses with the Sisters of Life.
Gregory A. Shemitz photos
By Paul McAvoy
Though the day held all the heat and humidity that late July brings to the northeast, St. Agnes Cathedral was full of joy as more than two dozen bishops, over 100 priests, and hundreds of the faithful gathered to witness the ordination and appointment of Bishop Richard Garth Henning as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. A native son of Long Island, Bishop Henning has ministered in the diocese since 1992, first at St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington and later in seminary formation at Immaculate Conception in Huntington.
Calling his pastoral presence and work “…a great inspiration to all of us,” Bishop John O. Barres praised the ministry of Bishop Henning in the homily before the ordination. “You are now called to follow their footsteps, as a successor to the Apostles,” Bishop Barres said.
Bishop Henning’s family, including his parents and siblings, were in attendance, as were the many friends, brother priests, and former parishioners of Bishop Henning. The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, gave some brief remarks and read the official letter from Pope Francis recommending Bishop Henning be ordained to the episcopate and appointed to the position of Auxiliary Bishop.
Read Bishop Barres’ homily
Read Bishop Henning’s remarks
Look for more coverage of Bishop Henning’s ordination in the September Issue of The Long Island Catholic magazine.