June 28, 2019
Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of Archbishop Gregory and Archbishop Byrnes.
Good afternoon and welcome to Villa Richardson!
Thank you for joining us as we honor Their Excellencies, Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Archbishop Michael Byrnes, as they receive the Pallium from His Holiness, Pope Francis.
The symbolism of the Pallium is rich in history and meaning.
Popes have conferred this vestment on bishops since the fourth century, signifying unity with the Holy Father and personal authority. As Pope Benedict XVI said in his first Papal Homily, “the Pallium becomes a symbol of the shepherd’s mission.”
As we recognize Their Excellencies for this wonderful achievement, I would also like to congratulate Archbishop Gregory upon his recent appointment as the seventh Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Your Excellency, your appointment to this important position speaks to your exemplary service in the Catholic Church.
Throughout both of their distinguished careers, Archbishop Gregory and Archbishop Byrnes have strengthened their communities by living and sharing their Catholic faith.
I congratulate you both upon receiving this distinguished honor, and wish you all the best as you continue your ministry.