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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.