Four hours after he learned that Pope Francis had named him as a new cardinal, Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory celebrated a 250th anniversary Mass at Holy Angels Church in Avenue, Maryland on Oct. 25, 2020. Within the confines of Holy Angels Parish is St. Clement's Island, where Jesuit Father Andrew White celebrated the first Catholic Mass in the English-speaking colonies in 1634. At the Mass, Cardinal-designate Gregory also blessed the church's new main altar. Cardinal-designate Gregory was welcomed by Father Stephen Wyble, the parish's administrator, who noted its historic legacy. (CS Photos by Andrew Biraj)

At the Mass, Cardinal-designate Gregory praised parishioners for their legacy of faith, and he expressed hope that “in the years to come, “this parish will continue to grew in faith and love for God and neighbor.” (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)