Friday, March 11, 2011

10 Youngest Catholic Bishops

Here is a Top 10 List of the Youngest Catholic Bishops in the World

There are about 5100 Catholic bishops in the world if you count those from both the Western (Latin or Roman) Rite of the Church and the Eastern Rites of the Church.

In order to become a Bishop, a man is required to be at least 35 years old and be ordained for at least 5 years. The man must also be very well educated and possess a doctorate or at least a licentiate in philosophy, theology, or canon law. But most of all, a bishop must possess good qualities such as piety, zeal, and love of the faith.

Although those named below are the youngest current bishops serving, they are not the youngest ever. For more on that, go to the bottom of this article.

Of the 5100 bishops in the world, here are the youngest:

[Sorry. No photo available.]10. Charles Joseph Sampa Kasonde
Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia
Age 42.19
Born 14 Dec 1968

9. Xavier Novell Gomá
Bishop of Solsona, Spain
Age 41.84
Born: 20 Apr 1969

8. Bashar Matti Warda
Archbishop of Arbil {Erbil} (Chaldean), Iraq
Age 41.69
Born 15 Jun 1969

7. Vasile Bizău
Auxiliary Bishop of Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia (Romanian), Romania
Born 14 Oct 1969
Age 41.36

6. Stephen Dami Mamza
Bishop of Yola, Nigeria
Age 41.23
Born 30 Nov 1969
[Sorry. No Photo Available.]5. Santo Loku Pio Doggale
Auxiliary Bishop of Juba, Sudan
Age 41.16
Born 28 Dec 1969

4. Sviatoslav Shevchuk 
Auxiliary Bishop of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires (Ukrainian), Argentina
Age 40.80
Born 5 May 1970

3. Olivier Michel Marie Schmitthaeusler, M.E.P. 
Bishop Vicar Apostolic of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia
Age 40.66
Born 26 Jun 1970

2. Anselm van der Linde, O. Cist. 
Abbot of Wettingen-Mehrerau, Austria
Age 40.42
Born 24 Sep 1970

and the youngest Catholic bishop in the world is...

Bishop Mihai Cătălin Frăţilă
Auxiliary Bishop of Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia (Romanian), Romania
Age 40.21
Born 10 Dec 1970

In the history of the Church there have been bishops who were under forty, by many years.

For example, in 1932, Raymond Augustine Kearney became the bishop of Brooklyn New York, at the age of 32. He possessed a doctorate in canon law, and had been a priest for about 7 years. He would not however meet the criteria for consecration to the episcopacy today.

1 comment:

  1. And rumours are swirling that Sviatoslav Shevchuk was elected head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church!