Three Philadelphia priests have become the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s newest Auxiliary Bishops. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez ordained Bishop Keith J. Chylinski, Bishop Christopher R. Cooke, and Bishop Efren V. Esmilla to the Episcopacy Thursday afternoon, March 7 in a filled-to-capacity Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Most Reverend John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, and former Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, were the Co-Consecrators. His Eminence, Cardinal Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, presented the Papal Bulls (official public decrees) proclaiming the new auxiliary bishops. (Sarah Webb)