Friday, July 2, 2010

Pallium Pride

On June 29th, 2010, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee was one of 38 new Archbishops from around the world who received the Pallium, a sign of authority and responsibility, from Pope Benedict. The following poem is my reflection on the beautiful process that goes into making the Pallium.(Photo by Paul Haring/CNS )

On the feast of St. Agnes
Two sweet lambs lay down
They were set for a blessing
Before receiving a crown

Flowers so sweet
In the color of white
Crowned one lamb with purity
A beautiful sight

On the other dear lamb
The flowers were red
A remembrance of blood
That all martyrs have shed

They returned to the monastery
To graze at the farm
Under a monk’s tender care
They were kept safe from harm

In the spring of the year
Their white wool was shorn
To be used for the Pallium
Upon his shoulders to be worn

The sisters took care
With the needle and thread
As they stitched and they sewed
What would circle round his head

Six crosses of black
Are the simple design
A symbol of Christ’s love
A love so divine

Shaped like a “Y”
As the yoke that he carries
Requires much strength
He must be brave and not wary

The Pallium was blessed
And stored in a casket to wait
For the feast of Peter and Paul
The Church’s earliest Saints

Finally the day arrived
When to Rome he would go
To receive that white garment
That forever would show

That he was the one
With authority and love
A gift that was truly
Sent from above

And now with such care
He watches over his flock
As Archbishop of Milwaukee
Our faithful, strong rock!

Congratulations Archbishop Listecki!


  1. Stopping by to wish you a happy Fourth!

  2. Wonderful poem. Happy 4th and God Bless!

  3. Hi Anne
    A lovely poem, thank you. I have just looked back over some of your previous posts and I was surprised and delighted to learn that one of my favourite blogs is your son John's. I love his blog but I had no idea who his Mom was. I guess talent really does run in families! Anyway, thanks for a great blog and congratulations on the great job you have done with your children. God bless you all.