It has to be a first: a priest live tweeting his ordination to bishop. Bishop Thomas Dowd, since yesterday one of two auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Montréal in Canada (and at 41, the second-youngest bishop in the world), has done exactly that.

And it’s perhaps a sign of the times that Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Québec then went on to relay his congratulations via the same medium: “Dear brother Bishop. I am happy to share this wonderful day with you. God bless your ministry. Welcome!”

As Father Dowd, the new bishop has been running the ‘Waiting in Joyful Hope‘ blog, which has been offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a priest who suddenly is called to become a successor to the Apostles.

Photo credit: Marcos Townsend

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