New Auxiliary Bishop for the Prague Archdiocese

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Zdenek Wasserbauer, current vicar general of the Archdiocese Prague, the new auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese. The appointment has been announced today, Jan. 23, 2018, during the 112th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza.
Published: 23. 1. 2018 14:45

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Upon the announcement, the new bishop expressed his thanks to God for the gifts of faith and priesthood as well as for the trust he got by the appointment. He also said to the faithful that he wanted to be real auxiliary – that is assisting or helping – bishop for them. “A bishop must smell of the sheep, he must spread the fragrance of God. I ask for your prayers so that these two things are true of me,” he said.

Msgr. Zdenek Wasserbauer has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Prague. Born on June 15, 1966, in Nové Město na Moravě, in the boundary region between Bohemia and Moravia, he grew up in a village Sázava and studied a grammar school in Žďár nad Sázavou. He graduated in agriculture at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague and after the compulsory military service he entered the Catholic Theological Faculty in Prague in 1990; a year later he has been sent to study at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

He was ordained deacon on Jan. 2, 1996 during his studies in Rome and received a priestly ordination on Sept. 30, 1996, by Prague Archbishop Miloslav Cardinal Vlk. For two years he served as a parish vicar in Prague neighborhoods Michle and Lhotka and from 1998 he studied at the Pontifical Lateran University as a postgraduate, focusing on the spiritual theology; his dissertation, submitted in 2003, inquired the theology and spirituality of a diocesan priest.

From 2000 to 2010 he served as a spiritual of the Prague priestly seminary and, among others, organized spiritual retreats as well as summer camps for those considering becoming priests, he also spoke at various retreats. From 2010 to 2015 he served as a parish priest at the church of the Most Sacred Heart in Prague-Vinohrady. In 2012 he was appointed an honorary canon of the Collegial Chapter in Stará Boleslav; two years later he became a dean of the Prague III deanery.

On May 1, 2015, he was appointed a director of the curia of the Prague Archdiocese and in June 2015 named a canon of Metropolitan Chapter at Saint Vitus in Prague instead of the Stará Boleslav Chapter. On March 24, 2016, he was appointed a vicar general of the Prague Archdiocese, effective from April 1, 2016. Pope Francis appointed him an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Prague and a titular bishop of Buthrotum, Albania, on Jan. 23, 2018.

Details concerning the episcopal ordination will be released later.


Jiří Gračka

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