Pope honors priests with titlePope Benedict XVI has given six priests in the Bismarck Diocese the honorary title of monsignor.
Pope Benedict XVI has given six priests in the Bismarck Diocese the honorary title of monsignor.
They are the Revs. James Braaten, Chad Gion, Gene Lindemann, Thomas Richter, Patrick Schumacher and James Shea.
Shea is the president of the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Monsignor is the title of honor granted by the pope, usually at the request of the local bishop.
The title of monsignor honors a priest’s service to the Catholic Church and bears no extra duties or responsibilities except for the privilege of wearing different vestments during liturgical celebrations.