Suwon diocese ordains new auxiliary
Bishop Lee says he will focus on youth ministry
“I will do my best to carry out my assignments, maximize the youth ministry and achieve sustainable evangelization of Suwon diocese by listening to various opinions with modesty and humility,” Auxiliary Bishop Lee said in his acceptance speech.
Bishop Lee will fulfill his pastoral mission with Bishop Matthias Ri Iong-hoon and retired Bishop Paul Choi Deog-ki in Suwon.
At the ceremony, Father Antony Lee Young-bae, vicar general of Suwon diocese, introduced Bishop Lee and petitioned for his episcopal ordination to Bishop Ri who celebrated the consecration Mass.
Around 3,000 people including Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul and priests from Suwon diocese attended the episcopal ordination.
“As the number of Suwon faithful increases, Pope Benedict XVI admitted the need of a new auxiliary for the pastoral work of the diocese. And the Holy Father highly appreciated Lee's humane and clerical qualifications,” said Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, apostolic nuncio to Korea in a congratulatory message.
The Pope appointed him auxiliary bishop on February 7.
Auxiliary Bishop Lee was born in 1957 in Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do province and studied at Suwon Catholic University and the University of Trier in Germany before being ordained a priest in 1992.
He later earned a doctorate in patristics at the Catholic University of Paris in 2000 and has taught seminarians at Suwon Catholic University since 2003.
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