Stanislav Hočevar

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His Excellency
Stanislav Hočevar
S.D.B.
Archbishop of Belgrade
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Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hočevar
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Belgrade
Appointed 25 March 2000
Installed 31 March 2001
Predecessor Franc Perko
Orders
Ordination 29 June 1973
Consecration 24 May 2000
by Edmond Y. Farhat
Personal details
Born (1945-11-12) November 12, 1945 (age 69)
Jelendol, Škocjan, Slovenia
Nationality  Slovenian
Coat of arms

Stanislav Hočevar (Serbian Cyrillic: Станислав Хочевар; born 12 November 1945 in Jelendol, Slovenia[1]) has been the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Belgrade in Serbia since 2001. He was also the president of the International Bishops' Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius between 2001 and 2011.[2]

Biography[edit]

Hočevar was born on 12 November 1945 in the village of Jelendol in PR Slovenia, then part of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. After the primary school graduation in 1960 in Škocjan, he joined the Salesians of Don Bosco. He studied gymnasium in Križevci and Rijeka. Hočevar served in the Yugoslav People's Army in 1966/67 in Skopje. After that, he was instructor at the catholic novitiate in Želimlje near Ljubljana. He studied theology at the Theological Faculty in Ljubljana. Hočevar was ordained a priest on 29 June 1973. He achieved a magister degree at the Theological Faculty in Ljubljana in 1979 with thesis on Personal sin in today's hamartiology.[3]

Between 1982 and 1984, Hočevar was the deputy of the Salesian Provincial of Slovenia. Later, he served four years as the principal of the catholic boarding school in Klagenfurt, Austria. In 1988 he was appointed Salesian Provincial of Slovenia, the position he held until 2000. He has taken part in four Salesian General Chapters in Rome. He served two terms as the president of the Conference of senior religious leaders of Slovenia, and then for two years as the Secretary General of the same conference.[3]

In 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Hočevar launched an initiative titled "Peace to you, the Balkans" and also established a fund for families with many children called "Anin sklad" (Ana's Harmony). In 2000 pope John Paul II appointed Hočevar the coadjutor bishop of Belgrade. He was ordained a bishop on 24 May 2000 in the Church of Mary Help of Christians in Ljubljana. On 31 March 2001, pope accepted a request for the removal of the former Archbishop France Perko, so Hočevar became Archbishop of Belgrade. On 16 April 2001 he was elected president of the Bishops' Conference of Yugoslavia, later renamed International Bishops' Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius, an office he served until 2011.[3]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
France Perko
Archbishop of Belgrade
2001 – present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church: Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar, S.D.B.
  2. ^ GCatholic.org:Metropolitan Archdiocese of Beograd, Serbia
  3. ^ a b c Arcbihop page at the Archdiocese of Belgrade official site (Serbo-Croatian)