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Published June 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Folda ordained as bishop of Fargo Catholic diocese


A long line of priests enters St. Mary's Cathedral Wednesday, June 19, 2013, as the choir sings for the Mass of Ordination of Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Catholic Diocese.Dave Wallis / The Forum

  • A long line of priests enters St.  Mary's Cathedral Wednesday, June 19, 2013, as the choir sings for the Mass of Ordination of Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Catholic Diocese.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • A letter from Pope Francis is formally presented to authenticate the Holy Father's choice during the Mass of Ordination of Bishop John Folda Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Bishop-elect John Folda lays on the floor in front of the altar as part of the ordination mass Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at St. Mary's Cathedral in
  • Choir members sing during the Mass of Ordination for the new Bishop John Folda in the Cathedral of St. Mary Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Newly ordained Catholic Bishop John Folda poses for pictures with his mother Mabel after the ordination mass Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • The choir sings for the ordination mass for Bishop John Folda Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • The Most Reverend John Thomas Folda stands to applause by Bishop James Conley, far left, Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Denver, and Archbishop John Nienstedt, St. Paul-Minneaplois, and the congregation after being ordained as the eighth bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in the Cathedral of St. Mary Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Bishop John Folda raises the host for blessing as he celebrates his first mass as the new bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in the Cathedral of St. Mary Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Fargo.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Newly ordained Bishop John Folda blesses the congregation in the Cathedral of St. Mary Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Fargo. Folda is the eighth Bishop of the Fargo Diocese.Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Newly ordained Bishop John Folda blesses the people in the Cathedral of St. Mary Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • After the Mass, Bishop Folda spent more than an hour greeting his new flock, including Destin and Stacey Coles of Grand Forks and their children:  Alexis, 12, Drew, 10, Evan 8, Abigail, 6 and Jacob, 2. The new bishop gave the couple a blessing on their 15th wedding anniversary.Dave Wallis / The Forum