Installation Mass To Feature Reading From Bronx Nun
Wednesday's installment of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the New York Archdiocese will feature a bilingual ceremony with the help of a local nun. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
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Sister Rosa Valadez has been practicing her reading every day. She's been invited to conduct a scripture reading in Spanish during the installation mass for Archbishop Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Sister Rosa, who is a member of the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, in the Bronx says it's a blessing.
"I always think that it's something that God sent me and I'm representing all my sisters and my community and my people, the Hispanics people," said Valadez.
This is the second honor for Sister Rosa. Last April, she read for Pope Benedict the 16th when the Pontiff celebrated mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. She was a last minute stand-in for a nun who fell ill. This time, though, she feels better prepared but admits she's nervous and continues to practice.
Sister Rosa will read a passage from the Acts of the Apostles, which she explains teaches Christians to not be afraid and have faith in God. The reading won't be lost in translation on a bishop who understands Spanish.
"Knowing that Archbishop who is there who is understanding what Im saying, well it means a lot," said Valadez.
As for her being nervous, she 's taking a lesson from the scripture she's reading and putting her trust in God.