Pope Francis has appointed Father Earl K. Fernandes, a former staff member of the apostolic nunciature in Washington and currently a Cincinnati pastor, to head the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio.
When Bishop Robert Brennan invited the Diocese of Columbus to an initiative to shape the diocese’s future in early 2021, two things hadn’t happened yet: His appointment to the Diocese of Brooklyn in the fall, and the start of the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality.
Whether it was Mass, reconciliation, or other campus ministry events, the frequent presence of Bishop Robert Brennan at The Ohio State University reaffirmed to senior Matthew Turek the high regard the Church holds for college Catholics.
Before the Oct. 2 kickoff of the Pontifical College Josephinum “Mud Bowl” — an annual flag football game between seminarians — Bishop Robert Brennan of Columbus jogged across the field to lead the opening prayer.
I feel privileged to know Bishop Robert Brennan and to have had the opportunity to serve alongside him in the Diocese of Columbus as the Vicar for Hispanic Ministry.
After Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral Sunday morning, Noreen Buckley fanned her left hand in front of her eyes to keep tears at bay. The reaction was prompted by a question about Bishop Brennan’s impending departure.
Bishop-designate Robert J. Brennan introduced himself to the Diocese of Brooklyn by pledging to support immigrant communities, strengthen Catholic schools, use social media to reach young people, and listen to the needs of people in the pews.