DATE: February 11, 2014
RE: Appointment of Bishop-Elect Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski
FROM: Bishop William Murphy
From the time I came to this Diocese in 2001, Blessed John Paul II understood how large and varied is the Diocese of Rockville Centre. When Pope Benedict XVI was elected he was unaware of our Diocese until the Ad limina Visit of 2009. Shortly thereafter I was informed that he had decided that our Diocese should have three auxiliary bishops. A year and a half ago he guaranteed that with the appointment of Bishops Brennan and Perez. Now Pope Francis has continued that by appointing a priest of our Diocese, Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski as Titular Bishop of Nicives and Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre.
Bishop-elect Zglejszewski, as you know, was born and grew up in Poland where he pursued his philosophical and theological training but came to the United States before being ordained a priest for our Diocese in 1990. He served in three parishes and was pursuing higher theological studies at Fordham University when I asked him if he would turn his many pastoral gifts and intellectual talents to the immensely important area of the worship of the Church in the various aspects of the life of the Liturgy, the source and summit of our life as Church.
He did that with enthusiasm and dedication, studying liturgical theology at Catholic University of America and heading up our Diocesan Office of Worship. His was the challenge to introduce the new English translation of the Roman Missal across our Diocese in the 133 parishes and in all the other institutions where Mass is celebrated. He did that with great success. Since that time he has been indefatigable offering workshops, seminars, study days and practical courses on all aspects of liturgy and liturgical roles for the clergy and laity of our Diocese. In 2012 I asked him to take on an additional role as Co-Chancellor of the Diocese which he added to his already heavy schedule.
I am very grateful to the Holy Father for giving our Diocese this good and holy priest of many talents to assist me in the pastoral care of the 1.5 million Catholics of our Diocese. I know the priests, deacons, liturgical ministers and all the People of God will welcome this appointment from our Holy Father as I have, with gratitude to God and with great joy that, through the choice of Pope Francis, we are blessed with a bishop who will serve this Church as a bishop just as he has served it so well as a priest.