The filled Cathedral of the Divine Saviour in Ostrava witnessed on Sunday, 28 May, an event that is unparalleled in the history of the city. The episcopal ordination was received by Msgr. Martin David, vicar general of the Diocese of Ostrava and Opava, who became an auxiliary bishop. The ordination was given by Bishop František Václav Lobkowicz.
The first episcopal ordination in the history of Ostrava took place on Sunday, 28 June, in the Ostrava Cathedral. Previous Ostrava bishops have always been ordinated in other cities.
Msgr. Martin David, vicar general of the Diocese of Ostrava and Opava, became a new auxiliary bishop. He will take over some of the tasks of the current Bishop. The Diocese needs the services of the auxiliary bishop in view of the growing number of believers and with regard to the health of Bishop Lobkowicz. 46-year-old Martin David is the youngest bishop in the Czech Republic.
The new bishop, appointed by Pope František on 7 April, was co-ordained by the Bishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner, and the Bishop of Brno, Vojtěch Cikrle. The hands on his head were gradually laid by other present Bishops from the Czech Republic and Poland as well as by the Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza. More than 150 priests, the closest family, political and public figures, including Mayor of Ostrava Tomáš Macura, and hundreds of believers attended the celebration of the Holy Mass.