Msgr. Stephen Berg was ordained and installed the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo on February 27 in front of a packed crowd in Pueblo’s historic Memorial Hall. It was also televised on Pueblo’s local station and streamed live on the internet for countless others across the country to view. The recorded broadcast will air on EWTN on March 3.
The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, or Pope Francis' representative, Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, read the papal bull of Berg's appointment as bishop of Pueblo. Reverend Matthew Wertin, chancellor, presented the bull to the college of consultors of the diocese.
During the rite of ordination, then Bishop-Elect Berg was examined with a series of questions about his willingness to exercise the duties of his office. Berg then laid prostrate during the Litany of Saints followed by the laying on of hands.
Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, archbishop of Denver was the principal consecrator along with Most Reverend Michael Sheridan, bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs and former apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Pueblo and Most Reverend Joseph Charron, emeritus bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines and uncle to Bishop Berg.
January 15, 2014
His Holiness, Pope Francis on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 named Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Berg as the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo. Bishop-elect Berg was formerly the Diocesan Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. He succeeds Bishop Emeritus Fernando Isern who retired in June 2013. The announcement of the appointment was made Wednesday by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States—the Vatican’s ambassador to the U.S.
Bishop-elect Berg will be introduced at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Pueblo Pastoral Center at 101 North Greenwood Street. Bishop-elect Berg will be ordained and installed as Bishop of Pueblo on February 27, 2014, by Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila at a Mass in Pueblo. Archbishop Viganò will represent His Holiness Pope Francis at the ordination.