After more than a year of waiting and praying, the Diocese of Dubrovnik has its bishop once again!
In a joyful and solemn atmosphere of our beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Msgr Roko Glasnović was officially proclaimed the new Bishop of Dubrovnik during the Eucharistic celebration attended by many of our fellow citizens and their guest from all over Croatia and the world, as well as numerous religious and state officials.
The third degree of the sacrament of Holy Orders was given to him by the main ordained Msgr Petar Palić, Bishop of Mostar and Duvanj and Apostolic Administrator of Trebinje and Mrkanj, together with Msgr Mato Uzinić, Archbishop Coadjutor of Rijeka and former Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and Msgr Tomislav Rogić, Bishop of Šibenik.
“I joyfully greet you all in Christ and thank you for your closeness and your prayers! May nothing be more important to us than Christ and his love! May he multiply our faith, strengthen our hope, and perfect our love! I greet all those who could not come and follow us now through the media and thank the media for their efforts to bridge that distance. I greet the women and men of Dubrovnik, all the faithful and all the people of the Diocese of Dubrovnik from Prevlaka to Ston, through Peljesac, Elafiti, Mljet, Korcula, all the way to Lastovo. We are all St Blaises people,” he pointed out during his ordination ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, the new Bishop of Dubrovnik came out among the faithful for the first time and shared his episcopal blessing with a big smile on his face After the ordination, everyone wanted to take a photo with the new Bishop and seal this special day with a photo.
“I feel happy and blessed. I look at these faces and rejoice, because in every face I see and recognize the image of God,” the new Bishop addressed his fellow citizens, dear guests, friends and family.
Msgr Roko Glasnović comes to the Diocese of Dubrovnik from the position of director of the Catholic School Center in Šibenik and secretary of the Bishop of Šibenik. He is a Šibenik native and has two sisters and one brother Franjo, who is also a priest of the Šibenik diocese.
Msgr Glasnović studied law at the University of Split and Philosophical Theology at the Faculty of Theology in the same city, but also pastoral theology in Rome. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in pastoral theology from the Pontifical Lateran University.
The ordination of the new Bishop truly brings a new kind of hope to our Diocese and unique joy among the folk. “This really is a special feeling. The celebration was fantastic. We expect Bishop Glasnović to be a true shepherd to our people,” one of the attendees pointed out.
Photo: Zvonimir Pandža