NEW YORK (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of New York installed the Rev. Andrew Dietsche on Saturday as the diocese’s 16th bishop.
Dietsche succeeds Mark Sisk, who retired.
‘‘It is the great honor of my life, joyful to be sure, but also weighty and formidable, to come to this pulpit today for the first time as the bishop of New York,’’ Dietsche said during his sermon at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
Dietsche was a freelance graphic designer and cartoonist before becoming a cleric. He has served since 2001 as the diocese’s canon for pastoral care.
From 1990 to 2001, he was pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Springfield, Mass.
Dietsche was elected bishop by clergy and lay representatives from the New York diocese’s 199 parishes at a special convention held at the cathedral in November 2011.
Hundreds of people attended Saturday’s installation at St. John the Divine, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.
Dietsche joked that ‘‘it must not be Super Bowl Sunday yet.’’
He said he would visit parishes throughout the diocese, which stretches into upstate New York, and ask: ‘‘What does it mean to be the church? What are we? Who are we?’’