This morning it was made public that the Holy Father, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski, [pronounced "Anjay Skley-chev-ski"] 52, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He was also assigned by the Holy Father to be the Titular Bishop of Nicives.
Until now, Msgr. Andrzej was the director of the Office of Worship and Co-Chancellor of the Diocese. Andrzej, as he is known to all is a true gift to the Church. He is a loyal son of the Church and a good friend to all. He is among the most well liked priests I know. He has always been kind and friendly to me for the many years that I’ve known him. I know he will be a true gift to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. His ordination as bishop has been set for March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
Msgr. Andrzej, who speaks some seven (!) languages released this statement:
“I think everyone is very surprised by the news coming from Rome, and I hope everyone will understand why my heart and mind turns into both wonder and joy,” said Bishop-Elect Zglejszewski. “I am humbled by the Holy Father’s appointment and even though I always wanted to serve God and the Church in the best way I can, I am overwhelmed with the sense of my unworthiness. For that reason, I turn all my emotions and wonders into a song of gratitude. Humbled and in fear of my own unworthiness, I ask for support and prayers. I turn to Mary and Joseph and ask them for their assistance and help. I want, like Joseph, ‘Not to be afraid’ and respond to the whispers of the Holy Spirit in the same way Mary did, ‘Fiat Voluntas Tua,’ – May everything be done everywhere according to God’s will.”
The Diocese of Rockville Centre Facebook page posted this picture from this morning’s press conference: