First episcopal ordination in Plzeň

07. 05. 2016 Section: Home
Msgr. Tomáš Holub was ordained a bishop of the city on Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016, by Cardinal Dominik Duka.

“A great historical event is about to start in a moment,” bishop František Radkovský of Plzeň said in his homily during an episcopal ordination – an event that has never taken place in the city so far, as Msgr. Radkovský – first bishop of the diocese established in 1993 – was ordained in Prague.

What were the words of Msgr. Holub right after the ordination?

“I am now praying for the gifts of courage and wisdom to be able to accept my pastoral responsibility in the power of the Spirit – responsibility for all the moments I have to encourage, lead and decide, for the moments when I would defend the freedom and dignity of every man and woman whether it is convenient or inconvenient, when I would oppose false conciliatoriness and bear clear witness of the truth which is God.

I also pray for the gifts of openness and simplicity to live among you as a bishop and participate in your joys and worries, searching together with you where the Lord is calling us.

I also pray to be humble and sensitive to discern the situation when you, my sisters and brothers as well as you, my brother priests, are led by the Spirit of God, and to follow you. I pray for openness to be inspired by you, my brothers and sister from the ecumene, in all places where you follow our Lord more closely than I do.

I also ask God to be able to accept advice from you, representatives of local authorities or civil society, whenever you see situations and needs of our people more realistically than I do. And I also ask for your prayers as well as human support, I ask for your helpfulness as well as criticism,” said a new bishop of the Plzeň diocese.

He was ordained by Cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague, together with Bishop František Radkovský, emeritus of Plzeň, and Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, Germany.

Although already living in Plzeň, Msgr. Holub will continue in handing over his office and duties of the secretary general of the Czech Bishops’ Conference to his successor Father Stanislav Přibyl for several months. Father Přibyl started working at the conference’s secretariat on May 1 and he will take up his office on Oct. 1.

Author: Jiří Gračka