By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor
WESTPORT, Mass. — August 26 will be a day of celebration, thanks and well wishes for Bishop George W. Coleman, the current diocesan Apostolic Administrator, who is marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, and the end of his 11 years of service as Bishop of Fall River, when he officially retires on September 24, the day Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., is installed as the diocese’s eighth bishop, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River.
The cathedral will also be the site of a celebration Mass for Bishop Coleman on August 26. Because of the large number of priests, deacons and parish representatives who will be attending, the Mass is by invitation only, as is the reception at White’s of Westport immediately following the 3 p.m. Liturgy.
The public, however, will have the opportunity to meet, greet, congratulate and wish Bishop Coleman well at another reception that evening at White’s.
The committee assembled to coordinate the celebration has announced that the public reception at White’s will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on August 26.
White’s is located at 66 State Road (Route 6) in Westport.
Light refreshments will be available to attendees.
Diocesan faithful who want to wish Bishop Coleman congratulations and express well wishes for his retirement are encouraged to attend.
In an email message to The Anchor the diocesan Chancery noted that “due to the phone calls our office has received, we know that there are a number of people who would like the opportunity to stop by and wish Bishop Coleman well.”
Information about Bishop da Cunha’s September installation and subsequent activities will appear in future Anchor editions.