PORTLAND, Maine — Catholic television stations on Aug. 10 will provide live coverage of Bishop Richard J. Malone’s Mass of Installation as the 14th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. beginning at 2:15 p.m.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, where Malone, 66, has been bishop for the past eight years, announced Thursday that installation could be viewed by Maine Catholics.
The Mass will be aired by CatholicTV-Boston, CatholicTV.com and EWTN.
The coverage from CatholicTV, which is available in Maine through cable provider Sky Angel Faith and Family TV, and CatholicTV.com will feature commentary by the Rev. Robert Reed, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston and president of CatholicTV Network, the press release said.
Malone’s appointment to the new position by Pope Benedict XVI was announced May 29 by the Vatican. While living in Buffalo, Malone will continue to work as the apostolic administrator for Maine, the diocese announced July 17.
The appointment will allow Malone to continue “the church’s educational leadership as the referendum approaches which attempts to redefine marriage,” a press release from the diocese said. The bishop earlier this year released a pastoral letter on marriage and has said the church opposes a Nov. 6 referendum that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine.
The Diocese of Buffalo has more than 633,000 Catholics, more than three times that of Maine. In the city of Buffalo alone, there are 32 Catholic churches. The diocese has seven Catholic colleges and universities and 15 Catholic high schools.