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The 52 living Redemptorist Bishops

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Gary Ziuraitis, C.Ss.R.

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This article appeared in the latest edition of our international news output.

This year we want to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of our founder St. Alphonsus Liguori with a series of articles. Our first efforts will center around the “statistical information” while later reports will attempt to put Alphonsus’ episcopal ministry into a Redemptorist pastoral context.

Last month we mentioned that since St. Alphonsus, there have been 152 Redemptorists ordained bishops for service to the Church. Of those 153, fifty-two are presently living. This month we wish to honor these confreres in the vineyard of the Lord.

Among this group of 52 are: 1 Cardinal – The Cardinal Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and a Papal elector; 10 Archbishops and 41 bishops. All Redemptorist bishops, with the exception of one, are or were ordinaries of apostolic vicariates, prelacies, dioceses and archdioceses or auxiliary bishops. The one exception is Archbishop Tobin who serves as the #2 man in the Vatican Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

There are 11 Redemptorist bishops from the Conference of Europe; 9 from the Conference of North America; 24 from the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean; 5 from the Conference of Asia-Oceania; and 3 from the Conference of Africa and Madagascar
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 Brazilians number the most Redemptorist bishops - 10. Canada has 6 and the Ukraine 5 – these 11 bishops belong to the Greek-Catholic Rite, which has a married clergy but their bishops are required to be from the ranks of celibate priests, making our confreres a convenient source. It was from the ranks of the Greek-Catholic Church that during the communist era in Eastern Europe, 2 Ukrainian Redemptorist bishops, Vasyl Velychkovsky and Nicholas Charnetsky, were imprisoned, tortured and martyred –as well as 3 Redemptorist priests -- and subsequently have been declared Blessed by the Church. We also have a bishop in the Chaldean Rite in Iraq and 2 serving Slovakian Greek-Catholics, one in Slovakia, the other, American-born, serves in Canada.

Like St. John Neumann, a Bohemian who was Bishop of Philadelphia, there are a number of Redemptorists who minister far from the lands of their birth, having first served as Redemptorists in mission areas. 3 Polish Redemptorist bishops, for example, head local Churches in South America. A Canadian-born Redemptorist now serves the Greek-Catholic Rite faithful in Melbourne, Australia, and a Redemptorist from England is bishop of the flock on the Rock of Gibraltar!

Following is a list of these confreres. They are arranged according to their age, oldest to youngest, along with their nationality, Redemptorist unit, years of episcopal service and the service they are presently engaged in. Pray for them. All of them, although technically outside of Redemptorist life now, never really lose their Redemptorist heart and identity. At the end of their service, like St. Alphonsus, many return to Redemptorist community life to finish out their years:

Look out for our own Bishop Ralph C.Ss.R. (London Province)!

 

Name 
Nationality

Age

Unit

Years a Bishop

Present service in the Church

 

Bishop Pedro Fré
Brazil

 

87

 

São Paolo

 

26

 

Bishop Emeritus of Barretos São Paolo, Brazil

Archbishop Altamiro Rossato 
Brazil

86

Porto Alegre

25

Archbishop Emeritus of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Bishop Lélis Lara 
Brazil

86

Rio de Janeiro

35

Bishop Emeritus of Itabira, Fabriciano, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Bishop José Rodriques de Souza 
Brazil

85

Goiás

37

Bishop Emeritus di Juazeiro, Baia, Brazil

Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn 
Canada

82

Yorkton

28

Exarch Apostolic of France (Ukrainian rite), Canada

Bishop Alfred Novak 
United States

81

Manaus

32

Bishop Emeritus of Paranaguá, Brazil

Archbishop Michael Bzde, 
Canada

81

Yorkton

18

Archbishop Emeritus of Winnipeg (Ukrainian rite), Canada

Bishop José Carlos de Oliveira
Brazil

80

São Paulo

32

Bishop Emeritus of Rubiataba-Mozarlândia, Goiás, Brazil

Bishop Antonio Juan Baseotto 
Argentina

79

Buenos Aires

20

Bishop Emeritus of Argentine Military

Bishop Michael Wiwchar 
Canada

79

Yorkton

18

Bishop Emeritus of Saskatoon (Ukrainian rite), Canada

Bishop George Yod Phimphisan 
Thailand

79

Bangkok

36

Bishop Emeritus of Udon Thani, Thailand

Bishop Aloysius Zichem Suriname

78

Suriname

41

Bishop Emeritus of Paramaribo, Suriname

Bishop Alvaro Efrèn Rincón Rojas Colombia

78

Bogotá

11

Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Puerto Carreño, Colombia

Bishop José Ignacio Alemany 
Grau Spagna

78

Madrid

16

Bishop Emeritus of Chachapovas, Perù

Bishop Fabio de Jesús Morales Grisale Colombia

77

Bogotá

20

Bishop Emeritus of Mocoa-Sibundoy, Colombia

Bishop Rafael Arcadio Bernal 
Colombia

77

Bogotá

33

Bishop Emeritus of Libano-Honda, Colombia

Bishop Ireneo A. Amantillo 
Philippines

77

Cebu

35

Bishop Emeritus of Tandag, Philippines

Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval
Bolivia

75

Bolivia

33

Cardinal Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Archbishop Edward Gilbert 
United States

75

Baltimore

17

Archbishop Emeritus of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Bishop Antonio Napoletano
Italy

74

Naples

17

Bishop of Sessa Aurunca, Italy

Bishop Guy Armand Romano
France

74

Burkina-Niger

27

Bishop Emeritus of Niamey, Niger

Archbishop Pastor Eustaquio Cuquejo Vergá
Paraguay

72

Paraguay

29

Archbishop of Asunción, Paraguay

Bishop Czelaw Stanula 
Poland

71

Bahia

22

Bishop of Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil

Bishop Gutemberg Freire Régis
Brazil

71

Manaus

33

Prelate Emeritus of Coari, Amazonas, Brazil

Archbishop José de Queirós Alves
Portugal

70

Luanda

25

Archbishop di Huambo, Angola, Africa

Bishop Emmanuel Treveno Cabajar 
Philippines

69

Cebu

7

Bishop of Pagadian, Philippines

Bishop Peter Stasiuk 
Canada

68

Yorkton

18

Bishop of Sts. Peter & Paul of Melbourne (Ukrainian Rite), Australia

Bishop Karl Bürgler
Switzerland

68

Bolivia

14

Vicar Apostolic of Reyes, Bolivia

Bishop Kevin Dowling 
South Africa

68

South Africa

21

Bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa

Bishop Philip Banchong Chaiyara
Thailand

67

Bangkok

5

Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Bishop Fernando José Monteriro Guimarães Brazil

65

Rio de Janeiro

3

Bishop of Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil

Bishop John Stephen Pazak 
United States

65

Yorkton

11

Bishop of Sts. Cyril & Methoofus di Toronto, CA (Byzantine Greek-Catholic )

Bishop Mychajlo Koltun
Ukraine

62

Lviv

18

Bishop di Sokal-Zhovkka (Ukrainian rite), Ukraine

Bishop Stephan Meniok
Ukraine

62

Lviv

10

Archepiscopal Exarch of Donetsk-Kharkiv (Ukrainian Rite)

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas 
Canada

61

Edmonton-Toronto

5

Archbishop di Grouard-McLennan, Alberta, Canada

Bishop Edmund Woga
 Indonesia

61

Indonesia

2.5

Bishop of Weetebula, Indonesia

Archbishop Joseph William Tobin
United States

59

Denver

1.5

Secretary for the Congregation of Religious, Rome

Archbishop Ihor Vozniak
Ukraine

59

Lviv

10

Archbishop of Lviv (Ukrainian rite), Ukraine

Bishop Ralph Heskett
England

58

London

1.5

Bishop of Gibraltar

Bishop Joércio Gonçalves Pereira 
Brazil

58

São Paulo

6

Prelate Emeritus of Coari, Amazonas, Brazil

Bishop José Luiz Majella Delgado 
Brazil

58

São Paulo

2

Bishop of Jatai, Goiás, Brazil

Bishop Marek Marian Piatek 
Poland

57

Bahia

0.5

Prelate of Coari, Amazonas, Brazil

Bishop Antonio De Luca
Italy

55

Naplesi

0,1

Bishop di Teggiano-Policastro, Italy

Bishop José Luis Ferreira Salles 
Brazil

55

Recife

5

Bishop of Pesqueira, Brazil

Bishop Milan Chautur 
Slovakia

54

Michalovce

20

Bishop of Kosice (Byzantine Greek-Cathollic), Slovakia

Bishop José Slavy 
Poland

54

Resistencia

2.5

Prelate of Esqeul, Argentina

Bishop Francisco Antonio 
Ceballos Escobar
Colombia

54

Bogotá

1

Vicar Apostolic of Puerto Carreño, Colombia

Archbishop Róbert Bezák
Slovakia

52

Bratislava

2.5

Archbishop of Trnava, Slovacchia

Bishop Bryan Joseph Bayda
Canada

50

Yorkton

3.5

Bishop of Saskatoon (Ukrainian Rite), Canada

Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz
Ukraine

49

Lviv

5.5

Bishop of Sambir-Drohobych (Ukrainian Rite ), Ukraine

Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh
Ukraine

44

Lviv

6

Bishop Ausiliario of Kiev-Vyshhorod (Ukrainian rite), Ukraine

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda
Iraq

42

Saint Clement

1.5

Archbishop of Arbil (Chaldean Rite), Iraq

 

 

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