Our Bishop

Bishop Gainer discusses the positive impact of the Traditional Latin Mass on vocations at the 4:00 minute mark of the video – July 25, 2018

Bishop Gainer processing

Bishop Gainer processes into St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg, for the ordination of Fr. Thomas Mary of Jesus, Er. Carm. August 10, 2019
photo courtesy of Jon Kabel

Bishop Gainer first visited the Lancaster Latin Mass community just a year after his installation as the eleventh Bishop of Harrisburg in 2014.  On Nov 1, 2015, he offered a pontifical Solemn high mass and conferred First Holy Communion to several of our children at St. Anthony of Padua Church, our former home in Lancaster city.  This was the first Traditional Latin Mass offered by the ordinary in our diocese in over 40 years!

He visited us again in the autumn of 2016 in our new home at St. Joseph Church.  He kindly deferred his annual visitation in 2017 at our request so that he could offer mass for the 10th anniversary of our community in May 2018.  In 2019, Bishop Gainer returns to his traditional autumn visit to our community on the Feast of Christ the King.

As bishop, he founded a Traditional Carmelite Hermitage in Fairfield and gave permission for an unprecedented second Traditional Carmelite monastery of cloistered nuns in Fairfield while also maintaining the original foundation in Elysburg, PA.  His generosity to Catholics attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is gratefully acknowledged.

Bishop Gainer Ordination

Bishop Gainer with newly ordained Fr. Thomas Mary of Jesus, Er. Carm., Cardinal Raymond Burke, Auxillary Bishop William Waltersheid August 10, 2019
Photo Credit: Amy B. Proctor / An American Photographer