Two auxiliary bishops were ordained in Olomouc

Antonín Basler and Josef Nuzík are new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Olomouc. Having been appointed by Pope Francis in early July this year, they were ordained on Oct. 14, 2017, in the cathedral of St. Wenceslaus by Archbishop Jan Graubner.
Published: 16. 10. 2017 16:30

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The event was attended by more than twenty bishops, among them Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic Giuseppe Leanza, Cardinal Dominik Duka of Prague and almost all other bishops of the Czech Republic as well as representatives of the episcopal conferences of Slovakia, Poland and Germany – Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, emeritus of Krakow, Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský of Bratislava and others. Present were also more than two hundred priests and some two thousand lay faithful.

In his homily, Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc, who presided over the liturgy, expressed his gratitude to the Holy Father for the new co-workers. Addressing them he then said: “Your priorities would change after the ordination. The main task of a bishop is to proclaim the word of God that can change the society.” Wishing both new bishops courage to fulfill this task, he then went on to address other bishops, priests and lay faithful and asked all to receive the new bishops and to pray for them.

During the ordination, led by Archbishop Graubner together with co-consecrators Bishop Vojtěch Cikrle of Brno and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Josef Hrdlička of Olomouc, both candidates vowed to proclaim the Gospel faithfully, to open their hearts to the poor or to pray for people. After the main prayer of the ordination, they received symbols of the new office: a Book of the Gospels, an ecclesiastical ring, a miter and a crosier.

Several days before the solemnity, both candidates had introduced their episcopal coats-of-arms and mottos. Bishop Basler chose as his motto words “Through Him, with Him and in Him”, Bishop Nuzík started his episcopal service with the words “Proclaiming the Good News”.

The last bishop’s ordination took place in Olomouc in April 1990 with the new auxiliary bishops Jan Graubner and Josef Hrdlička. Msgr. Graubner was appointed archbishop two years later and Msgr. Hrdlička resigned from his office in January 2017, as he reached the canonical age of 75, thus leaving the archdiocese without an auxiliary bishop in active service.

Jiří Gračka

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