Janusz Mastalski was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of Krakow in a ceremony today at the Wawel Royal Cathedral.
His appointment comes following the death of auxiliary bishop emeritus Tadeusz Pieronek on 27 December last year.
Bishop Mastaslki’s ordination ceremony was presided over by Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski and attended by Apostolic Nuncio (essentially a papal ambassador) Salvatore Pennacchio as well as Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.
Mastaski, born in Krakow in 1964, studied at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow (later the Pontifical University of John Paul II) and the Pedagogical University of Krakow. He has spent his career in Krakow as well as nearby Gdów.
In his new role, Mastalski will assist Jędraszewski in serving the administrative and pastoral needs of the Roman Catholic Church in Krakow.
Accepting the position at the Wawel Cathedral, Mastalski thanked God, Pope Francis, and his family. He declared that his guiding motto would be “Dominus spes mea” (“God is my hope”).
[More in Polish: Radio Krakow]