00 5/19/2009 5:28 AM

Your son is now a bishop,
Pope tells parents from New Hampshire

Published: May 18, 2009

Attending a papal audience at the Vatican last month, New Hampshire couple Raymond and Brigitte Lacroix got a shock when Pope Benedict came up to them and told them he had chosen their eldest son as auxiliary bishop for Quebec, Canada.

The Manchester, N.H., couple were in Rome last month with their son, Fr Gerald Lacroix. They got front-row tickets for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, and as the Pope moved through the crowd, he told them that he had chosen their eldest child for the position, WCAX reports.

"He had to say it twice because they didn't hear it the first time," the bishop-elect said, during a recent visit home to Manchester, the Union Leader says. "To hear this news, it was absolutely overwhelming."

"That left the three of us just hugging and being together," Fr Lacroix said.

The papal nuncio would later tell Lacroix he'd never heard of such a thing, a Pope telling a bishop's parents of their son's appointment.

"This is very, very special, and I'm very proud that the Pope did that," Lacroix said.

Lacroix expects many New Hampshire folks, including most of his large extended family, will attend his ordination at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.

"There'll be some significant people there, very important to my heart," he said.

Superb! The story tells us a lot of how hands-on the Holy Father is in the matter of choosing and naming bishops.

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[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 5/19/2009 6:02 AM]