‘Conferral of the Pallium’ pilgrimage to Rome fast approaches

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Archbishop Michael Byrnes addresses the faithful of Guam at the ambo of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica just days after arriving on Guam in late November of 2016 after being named Coadjutor Archbishop of Agana by Pope Francis on Oct. 31, 2016. He is now fully our Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana. (UMSY file photo by Robert Tenorio.)

By Umatuna Si Yu’os Staff

The pilgrimage to Rome, Italy to celebrate the historic occasion of the conferral of the pallium to Archbishop Michael Byrnes from Pope Francis is three weeks away.

Taking place June 24 to July 1, the celebratory pilgrimage is being coordinated by Father Ron Richards, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agaña. Faithful from the Archdiocese of Detroit, Archbishop Byrnes’s former archdiocese, are expected to join Catholics from Guam on the pilgrimage.

It was previously announced in the beginning of May that Archbishop Byrnes will be among newly named archbishops who will journey to Rome to receive the palliums from Pope Francis and concelebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica June 29, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

The pallium is a woolen band that symbolizes an archbishop’s unity with the pope and his authority and responsibility to care for the flock the pope entrusted to him. The actual imposition of the woolen band takes place in the respective archbishops’ archdioceses in the presence of their faithful and bishops from neighboring dioceses.

In the case of our archdiocese, Most Rev. Novatus Rugambawa, D.D., the Apostolic Delegate to the countries of the Pacific, will travel here for a solemn Mass which will see him place the pallium upon Archbishop Byrnes, for all the faithful on Guam to witness. The archdiocese will announce the date of that event once the schedule is established with the office of the Apostolic Delegate.

The “Celebration of the Conferral of the Pallium” pilgrimage is open to everyone. Those who sign up for the pilgrimage will travel to Rome on independently scheduled flights on the first day, Monday, June 24. Interested persons may get copies of the informational packet with application forms at four locations: the Chancery office on San Ramon Hill; The Cathedral-Basilica Pastoral Center in Hagåtña; St. Anthony Catholic Church office in Tamuning; and Santa Barbara Catholic Church office in Dededo.

The packet can also be accessed online by visiting the archdiocesan website at https://aganaarch.org.

Persons may also send e-mail to palliumguam@gmail.com, for more information.