St. Paul, Minn., Dec 18, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese Dec. 9, is excited that his new ministry will facilitate the spread of Christ’s love.
“Being with people. Sharing the love of Jesus with people. Helping people experience the love of Jesus, teaching them to pray, teaching them about the beauty of God’s love,” Bishop Cozzens told CNA in a Dec. 12 interview, when asked what he is especially looking forward to in his episcopal ministry.
Having had a “very focused ministry” for his last 10 years as a priest, first as a graduate student in Rome and then forming seminarians for ministry, he explained that “my flock has been kind of an intense and small one; I focused diligently on those few, so they can be strengthened to serve the larger flock.”
“The joy now is that I get to share in the larger flock, and get to be out, again, with the people of God, preaching and teaching about the love of God. I’m firmly convinced that, as Pope Francis says, our Church is rapidly becoming a field hospital as the culture continues to wound people, (so) we have to help them understand that only in Jesus is the true healing they seek going to be found. So I just look forward to the various ways I can help people be healed and come to holiness through the love of Jesus.”
Since his consecration, the bishop has already visited numerous communities to share God’s love, going to a cloistered Carmelite convent; Sharing and Caring Hands to wash the feet of the homeless who are cared for there; his nieces’ and nephews’ school; a late night Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe; and a Mass of thanksgiving at the local Catholic university.
Bishop Cozzens was made an auxiliary at the request of Archbishop John Nienstedt, in response to the need of the 250,000 Hispanics who live in the archdiocese, which previously had no bishop who speaks Spanish. The new bishop has long been active in Hispanic ministry in the local Church.
He described the surreal experience of being named a bishop, saying that “when you go through a life change like this, you feel like at any moment you might wake up … life does change dramatically.”
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