Four days ago Cardinal Rigali celebrated sixty (60) years as a priest. (I saw it on Twitter so it must be true.) He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with Bishop Stika who is originally from St. Louis. Bishop Stika is the one who posted the milestone anniversary to his page.
This morning, Bishop Sheridan's retirement was accepted by the pope and his replacement in Colorado Springs, Colorado was formally announced.
As I look at the photo above, I realize that twenty-two years has brought much change. All three of the bishops in the photo are now retired. Three of my deacon classmates are deceased. The rest of us are older, and hopefully, wiser.
Congratulations to Cardinal Rigali on sixty years as a priest.
Congratulations to Bishop Sheridan on your retirement. Thank you for your many years of service as a priest and as a bishop.