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  1. A reporter from a Catholic magazine recently asked me: “Why did you say ‘Yes’ to the Apostolic Nuncio when he asked you if you would accept the appointment from Pope Francis making you a bishop?” I told him that during that fateful phone call nearly two years ago, I said, “Yes” because I am first and foremost a Holy Cross religious; and as such I have taken a vow to go wherever the Lord calls me to go. I never wanted to be a bishop or to work outside the confines of Holy Cross, but I have to trust that God knows better than I what I should do and where I should go. It is in carrying the cross and being obedient to the Lord that we experience the hope of the resurrection. When I was appointed bishop I was dispensed, in a sense, from my vows of obedience and poverty. However, I am still a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and this brings me no small amount of joy every day. Blessed Basil Moreau, writing to the Congregation in 1868, spoke about the announcement of our first bishop (Bishop Peter Dufal, CSC), reminding him and his brothers in Holy Cross that despite his new ministry in the Church, he remained a member of the Congregation always. I take great comfort in these words of our beloved founder, and I entrust my episcopacy to his prayers and intercessions.

  2. Thank you Bishop Wack C.S.C.! You have given us a great message: “I have to trust that God knows better than I what I should do and where I should go.” Thank you for being a disciple of Jesus and for allowing your life to be shaped by the Cross. Ave Crux Spes Unica!

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