Bishop Barber was co-consecrator at the ordination of Bishop Robert Byrne.
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Bishop Barber makes history in England
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland was co-consecrator at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Robert Byrne at St. Chad's Cathedral, in Birmingham, UK, on May 13.
Bishop Byrne is the first Oratorian to be made bishop in 140 years in England.
"It was an historic event," Bishop Barber said. "There has not been an Oratorian bishop in England since 1873. There has NEVER been a Jesuit bishop in England. And no one can remember when an American prelate has participated as a co-consecrator in the ordination of an English bishop."
Bishop Byrne was named auxiliary bishop of Birmingham.
During his homily, Cardinal Vincent Nichols told the congregation that Bishop Byrne was "God's gift to us."
A prayer vigil for Bishop Byrne's ordination was held at Birmingham Oratory May 12 in preparation.
(The Catholic Herald, the London weekly, contributed to this report.)
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