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To: All Priests
From: Patricia DeJarnett, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office for Divine Worship
As you are aware, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Gregory as the new Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Until he is installed as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., his name will continue to be said at the appropriate place in the Eucharistic Prayer. (See the Vatican decree Cum de nomine, on the mention of the bishop’s name in the Eucharistic Prayer, October 9, 1972).
Once Archbishop Gregory is installed as Archbishop of Washington D.C., if his replacement has not been named yet and our diocesan administrator or, as the case may be, our apostolic administrator is a bishop, then the diocesan administrator or apostolic administrator is named in the Eucharistic Prayer “N, our bishop.”
However, if our diocesan administrator or apostolic administrator is not a bishop, then “N, our bishop” is omitted—no one is named.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.920.7339.