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Diocese Bids Final Farewell to Bishop Cooney
Bishop Patrick R. Cooney dearly loved the people of the Diocese of Gaylord, the 21-county region of northern Lower Michigan that he led for twenty years; and the people loved him in return. On Monday, October 22, 2012, over 1,000 people gathered to say goodbye to the priest who had served as their shepherd, mentor, co-worker and friend from 1990-2009. Hundreds more attended services on Sunday. The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit and the Metropolitan Bishop for the Province of Michigan, presided at the Funeral Mass. Nine other bishops and more than 70 additional priests concelebrated. The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of Gaylord, gave the homily during the funeral. Watch Bishop Hebda's homily below: