BELARUS: MONS. DZEMYANKO (PINSK), “PRIESTHOOD MEANS DILIGENCE”
(Sir Europe - Bratislava) - Respect for the decision of the Holy Father, filial devotion and promise to serve God, Catholic Church, all believers of the Pinsk diocese and anyone who seeks God. These are the future preferences of the new bishop of Pinsk, Belarus, appointed by pope Benedict XVI on 3 May. In an interview by www.catholic.by[>>], Mons. Antonyi Dzemyanko expressed hope that his work will be a “common collaboration” with people who work within Pinsk Catholic Church in various parishes: “I pray for them and also ask for prayers”. The bishop counts on his rich experience arising from serving as a responsible for liturgy, families and Caritas Belarus within the Bishops’conference, as well as from 32 years of priesthood and his previous ministry of an executive bishop of Minsk-Mohilev, planning to pay a great deal of attention to formation of new clergy. “I believe that my knowledge and experience that I want to share, will help the students of the seminary in Pinsk to become well prepared for a vocation to priesthood given to them by Lord”, added Mons. Dzemyanko. He recalled an example of bravery of priests from his diocese who suferred persecution during the Soviet reign and whose lives remind him that “priesthood means diligence”.