Bishop Christopher Clancey elevated to Auxiliary Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan


Thousands of the faithful Catholics from all over Belize flocked to the St John’s College Gymnasium last Saturday morning, May 5th, for the consecration of the Most Reverend Christopher J. Glancy as the Auxiliary Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan.

Bishop Glancy, a priest  of the order of St. Viator, was consecrated during a solemn Mass led by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, who represented Pope Benedict XVI. There and seven other bishops, and scores of priests and religious sisters from every part of Belize.

The bishops included His Lordship Dorick Wright, Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan, the Archbishop of Kingston, Most Rev. Charles Dufour, the Archbishop of Castries, as well as Most Rev. Robert Rivas, the Bishop of Bermuda, Most Rev. Robert Kurtz, the Bishop of St. John’s-Basterre, Most Rev. Kenneth Richards and visiting Bishop from Canada, the Bishop Emeritus of Saint-lean-t-ongueuil, the Most Reverend Jean Berthelet, C.S.V., who gave the homily.

The Superior General of the Viatorian community Very Reverend Mark Francis C.S.V. and the Viatorian Provincial Supervisor, Very Reverend Thomas von Behren came in from Canada to be present at the consecration.

Fr. Robert M. Egan, C.S.V and Fr. Moses Mesh, C.S.V were assistant priests while Fr.  Lawrence Nicasio, Pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Mesopotamia and St. John Vianney Church at Yarborough and Br. John Eustice, C.S.V assisted during the two-hour Mass.

Many members of Bishop Glancy’s immediate family visited Belize to be present at his consecration including his mother, Mrs. Judith H. Glancy, brothers: Matthew, David, Timothy and Steven, and his sister Sheila.

The liturgy of the consecration mass incorporated Belize’s many cultural traditions of the Maya, Meztizo, Garifuna, Creole and English, with many of the hymns sung by the Garifuna women’s choir, and the Belize Choral Society in Spanish and Yucatecan Maya.

The Mass and Consecration were in Latin, the liturgical language of the Roman Catholic Church.

Monsignor Dieudonnne Datonou, Counsellor to the Nunciature, read the Pope’s Bull of Appointment, the document calling Bishop Glancy to be elevated to the status of Auxiliary Bishop, and Vicar General of the Diocese of Belize, Most Reverend Noel Leslie, read the translation in English.

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Pezzuto as chief celebrant followed the Church’s ancient tradition of questioning the Bishop about his resolve and heard his public declaration to fulfil his responsibilities of the Episcopal ministry.

Bishop Glancy then prostrated himself on the floor, while the Bishops prayed over him. Archbishop Pezzuto then imposed hands on the bishop, as did all the other bishops, in the solemn laying-on-of-hands invoking the Holy Spirit and following the ancient tradition of holding the Sacred Book of Scripture over his head while the other bishops and the congregation  joined  in prayer.

Archbishop Pezzuto and the other bishops then anointed Bishop Glancy, and he was invested with his symbols of episcopal authority: the episcopal ring symbolizing his espousal to the church, his episcopal miter, signifying his role as the Herald of Truth, and his Pastoral staff or crozier symbolizing his role as shepherd and spiritual guide. Then followed the kiss of peace from all the participating bishops.

Bishop Glancy chose as his Coat of Arms two stalks of corn crossed in the shape of an “X”, on which is superimposed a “Moline” cross over which there was  a black crown of thorns.

The corn represents the staple crop of the Bishop’s home state of Illinois and his new home in Belize, while the Moline Cross is a reference to his hometown of Moline, Illinois. Bishop Glancy’s motto emblazoned on a scroll immediately below the shield reads: “Adored and loved be Jesus”.

The shield is further emblazoned zsaby a gold processional cross in he background which extends above and below the shield, and above the cross, a pontifical hat called a “galero” with six green tassels, three on either side of the shield.

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