Two auxiliary bishops appointed for Olomouc

During the celebration of the National Pilgrimage to Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Velehrad on July 5, 2017, the names of two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Olomouc were announced. Pope Francis appointed to the office Father Antonín Basler, chancellor of the diocese, and Msgr. Josef Nuzík, vicar general.
Published: 5. 7. 2017 12:15

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The appointment, released by the Press Office of the Holy See at midday, was read in Velehrad by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza. Besides named auxiliary bishop of Olomouc, Antonín Basler was also appointed a titular bishop of Vaga (Tunisia) and Josef Nuzík titular bishop of Castra Galbae (Algeria).

Born on Feb. 16, 1956 in Šumperk, Antonín Basler was raised in a nearby village Olšany in a family together with his three older sisters. He studied a high school of railway engineering in Šumperk in 1971–1975 and worked at the Czechoslovak State Railways, in the meantime he went through a compulsory military service.

In 1979 he started studying at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology in Litoměřice and was ordained a priest in Olomouc in 1984 by Bishop Josef Vrana. Until 1990 he was a parish vicar in Luhačovice, from 1990 to 1999 he served as a parish priest in Vizovice, in 1993 he was appointed a dean of the Vizovice deanery and from 1999 until July 1, 2017 he served as a parish priest at St. Michael’s in Olomouc.

In 2000 he was appointed a chancellor of the Archdiocese of Olomouc. He is a canon of the Metropolitan Chapter of St. Wenceslaus in Olomouc and on July 1, 2017 he was appointed a member of the diocesan commission for liturgy and its subcommission for the sacred arts.

Josef Nuzík was born on July 25, 1966 in Strání (district Uherské Hradiště) and raised in a family of 11 children. Having finished a vocational school in 1984 he worked at an engineering company and went through a compulsory military service. In 1989 he started his preparation for priesthood at a theological faculty in Litoměřice and later in Olomouc.

He was ordained a deacon in 1994, served in Nový Jičín and stayed in this parish also after the priestly ordination by Archbishop Jan Graubner in June 1995. Since 1996 he served as a parish vicar in Luhačovice, a year later he was appointed an administrator of Nivnice and stayed here until 2003 when he was assigned to the place of pilgrimage Štípa u Zlína and at the same time appointed a dean of the Vizovice deanery.

In 2005 he was called to serve as a vice-rector of the Archbishop’s Priestly Seminary in Olomouc and worked here for 4 years. Archbishop Graubner appointed him his vicar general in 2009, he is also a canon of the Metropolitan Chapter of St. Wenceslaus in Olomouc.


Jiří Gračka

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