Old Catholic Church of the Czech Republic
|Old Catholic Church of the Czech Republic|
|Associations||International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference|
|Branched from||Roman Catholic Church|
The Old Catholic Church of the Czech Republic consists of the Czech parishes in full communion with the Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches. The church is also a member of the National Ecumenical Council, the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches. The official publication of the community is Communio.
In 1991, Bishop Dušan Hejbal was elected to head the church. He was consecrated on September 27, 1997. In 2003, under his leadership, the church began ordaining women to the diaconate. He retired in 2015 and was succeeded by Benedikt Pavel Stránský in 2016.
Old Catholic Bishops of Czechoslovakia & the Czech Republic
The following bishops have governed the Old Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.
- Aloisa Paszka (Alois Paszek, 1924-1946) -
- Augustin Podolak (1968-1972)
- Jan Heger (1972-1991)
- Dušan Hejbal (1997-2015; elected in 1991, but not consecrated until 1997)
- Benedikt Pavel Stránský (2016 to present)
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