Nuncio tells new bishop: Stay humble, listen to poor

Bishop Burchell McPherson
Bishop Burchell McPherson
Don’t change just because you’re now a Bishop. That was the advice from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli to newly ordained Bishop Burchell McPherson on June 8 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Before a packed congregation at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the Nuncio said: “To become a Bishop is not an honour; it is a call to service. Too many bishops start to change after ordination. Remain who you are. Listen to the poor; listen to the priests; look after the people and priests.”
In an address with several indirect references to popular tunes of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, like “One Love” and “Redemption Song”, the Nuncio reiterated: “Continue to listen.”
Bishop McPherson later replied: “I promise I will not change, Your Excellency.”

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