The Most Rev. Ronald Gainer will be installed as the bishop of Harrisburg March 19.
The Most Rev. Ronald Gainer will be installed as the bishop of Harrisburg March 19. (SUBMITTED)

Local Catholics will have opportunities to pray with their new bishop during installation services being held in March in Harrisburg.

The Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, 66, will be installed as the 11th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg during a two-service process, the diocese announced.

The Solemn Vespers service is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg.

A Mass of Installation will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg.

Service details:The Solemn Vespers service is open to the public and includes the singing of hymns, psalms, Bible readings and prayers. The service will be streamed live on the diocesan website at

The Mass of Installation will be led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. Representatives from local parishes and ministries will be invited to attend the event.

The diocese is still developing plans for live television, radio and web broadcast.

New leader:Gainer fills a leadership role left vacant by Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who died May 2.

The new bishop will oversee 250,000 Catholics throughout York and 14 other counties.

Gainer was born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, and ordained a priest in 1973 in Allentown, Lehigh County. Most recently, Gainer served as bishop of Lexington, Ky.

Gainer has served in parish, campus ministry, marriages and family, and tribunal positions.


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