New auxiliary bishop appointed

A historic moment took place on Friday 7th April 2017 in Ostrava: few minutes after midday, Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza announced the name of a new auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Ostrava and Opava, the youngest diocese in the Czech Republic. The position would be held by the current vicar general, Msgr. Martin David.
Published: 7. 4. 2017 12:15

Photo: Ostrava-opava Bishopric

The appointment was announced in the church of St. Wenceslas after the midday prayer of Angelus, in the presence of Bishop František Václav Lobkowicz O.Praem., who had asked the Pope for an auxiliary bishop few months ago. New auxiliary bishop, Msgr. Martin David, then introduced himself to the faithful.

The date of the episcopal ordination of this first auxiliary bishop in the almost 21-year-long history of the diocese is to be announced soon; according to Bishop Lobkowicz it would take place before summer holidays.

New auxiliary bishop, who at the same time has been appointed titular bishop of the diocese Thucca in Numidia, North Africa, expressed his thanks to the apostolic nuncio for having been the messenger of good news for the diocese and bringing the message about the new auxiliary bishop on the threshold of the Holy Week. He also thanked Pope Francis for having trust that he, Msgr. David, would be able to carry the cross of the episcopal service together with Christ.

The ceremony took place on the 27th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Bishop František V. Lobkowicz. He also expressed his gratitude to God and in his speech called his new auxiliary bishop a “priest for the third millennium,” well equipped for the service in the society of today.

Curriculum vitae of Msgr. Martin David

New auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Ostrava and Opava was born on 15th August 1970 in Čeladná (district Frýdek-Místek) and was raised in the village Ženklava (district Nový Jičín) in a family of four children – together with his brother and two sisters. Having finished the vocational high school of machine-building in Kopřivnice, he started working as a mechanic in the state public enterprise Tatra Kopřivnice.

In 1991 he started the distance study of theology at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology in Olomouc and in 1994 he was admitted for the full-time study. Having graduated in 1999, he was appointed deacon at the Theological Convict in Litoměřice. He was ordained priest by Bishop František V. Lobkowicz on 24th June 2000 in the cathedral of the Holy Saviour in Ostrava.

He then served as a parish vicar in Opava, since 2002 he administered parishes Stěbořice and Hlavnice. From 2000 to 2007 he also served as a youth chaplain in the deanery of Opava.

In 2008, Bishop Lobkowicz appointed him vicar general of the Diocese of Ostrava and Opava. Since 2009 he has been a member of the diocesan Commission for Liturgy and a representative of his diocese in the Commission for Liturgy of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.

(Transl.: Jiří Gračka)


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