Gaudete Sunday, December 17, was a big day for the small but enthusiastic local Church of Kyrgyzstan. In the simple Catholic cathedral of Bishkek, Father Anthony James Corcoran, SJ, of the USA Central and Southern Province, was installed as apostolic administrator.
In the presence of parishioners from different areas of the country, Bishop José Luis Mumbiela of Almaty, Kazakhstan, representing the papal nuncio, presided at the liturgy and received Fr. Corcoran’s profession of faith and oath, and read the papal decree of appointment.
Other bishops from Kazakhstan as well as the bishop of Uzbekistan concelebrated, as did the Jesuits working in the country along with other guests.
Born in Arizona and raised in Texas, Fr. Corcoran has worked in the Russian Region since 1997. He served as regional superior of the Russian Region from January 2009 until February 2017. Prior to that he was the vicar general in Novosibirsk, Russia. Concurrently with his work as vicar general, he also served as rector and spiritual father in the Novosibirsk pre-seminary program.
Bishop Joseph Werth, SJ, of Novosibirsk, Russia, gave the homily.
This story originally appeared on the Jesuits in Europe website and is used with permission.