PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The state's nearly 200-thousand catholics have a new spiritual leader.
Robert Deeley officially became Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland during a ceremony Today. With much pomp, circumstance and tradition he was installed as Maine's 12th Bishop, succeeding Richard Malone.
Bishop Deeley was most recently was auxiliary bishop of Boston. Before that he spent several years at the Vatican spending some of that time dealing with the Church sexual abuse scandal.Today he addressed that.
He said the church will continue to support the victims. He said because of the scandal it is not easy to be a priest these days and thanked what he called the faithful priests for their continuing dedication.
He told Maine catholics he will rely on them to help shape his time here overseeing the church.
"We are the church in Maine and called to be supportive of each other, as together we do the work of our local church. We do it in communion with one another", he said.
While the installation was a special ceremony that required a ticket, everyone is welcome to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Sunday Mass at 10am. Bishop Deeley will be presiding over that service.