Lines Of Succession
This refers to the lineage of ordination of a bishop. After Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven the apostles brought the faith throughout the known world and created communities of believers. Before leaving these new communities they would select people from among the faithful and lay hands on them in prayer imparting a permanent grace on their souls.
These bishops, as they would come to be known, would in turn do the same to future generations of bishops in an unbroken line of ordinations that continue to today.
Validly ordained bishops often maintain charts of their Apostolic Succession so they may trace their ordination back to one or more of the Apostles selected by Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Joseph D. Finnegan has these lines of succession back through the Roman Catholic Church.