Phu Nguyen's great-great-great-grandfather died for abiding by his faith. "I think it's a powerful reminder of the faith that I have," he said.
The Portland archdiocese's new auxiliary bishop, the first in 36 years, credited the people of the diocese for building his faith and inspiring his work during his episcopal ordination.
"I didn't get here on my own," Bishop Peter Smith told the congregation, which filled St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland to overflowing for a Mass that lasted two and a half hours Tuesday. "I got here because of all of you and many more besides."
"There's nothing like the possibility of sudden death to help one focus on what's really important," said Fr. Peter Smith of Portland, Ore.