Church installs Tyson as bishop of Yakima Diocese

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Catholic Church has installed a new bishop for the Yakima diocese.

More than 1,000 people attended a mass at Holy Family Parish for the installation of the Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson as the seventh bishop of the diocese. Tyson talked about the importance of community and his role as bishop to minister to people here.

Tyson, 53, was born in Moses Lake and baptized at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of the Seattle Archdiocese.

The Yakima diocese serves more than 80,000 Catholics across a sprawling seven-county area in central Washington. Parishioners include long-standing farm families and Hispanic immigrants who've moved to the area for farm work.