Date today: 21.10.2017  |  Name days: Severīns, Urzula

Biography

Metropolitan archbishop of Riga Zbigņevs Stankevičs

Born: 15 February 1955, Lejasciems, Latvia
Ordination: 16 June 1996
Consecration: 8 August 2010
 
Education
2008 – doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome
2004 – licentiate in Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome
1996 – master in Theology at the Catholic University of Lublin
1978 – diploma in Engineering at the Riga Polytechnical Institute
1973 – Ilūkste Secondary School No. 1
1970 – Eglaine Primary School
 
Professional, pastoral and academic work experience
Since 12 June 2012 member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Since 2011 member of the Commision of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE)
Since 8 August 2010 metropolitan archbishop of the archdiocese of Riga, professor at the Metropolitan Seminary of Riga, professor and moderator at the Riga Theological Institute, professor and moderator at the Riga Higher Institute of Religious Sciences
2008 – 2010 professor and spiritual director at the Metropolitan Seminary of Riga
2008 – 2010 director and professor at the Riga Higher Institute of Religious Sciences
2008 – 2010 vicarius cooperator of the Christ the King's parish in Riga
2005 – 2006 director of student convent "Beato Pio IX" at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome
2001 – 2002 vicar and youth chaplain of St. James's parish in Riga
1996 – 2002 lecturer at the Metropolitan Seminary of Riga and Catechetical Institute
1996 – 2002 responsible for the charismatic community "Effata"
1999 – 2001 spiritual director at the Metropolitan Seminary of Riga
1996 – 2001 vicar of St. Francis parish in Riga
1980 – 1990 member of Christian – ecumenic community
1978 – 1990 worked at engineering
 
Scientific activities
8 scientific publishings, including 5 of them in foreign languages.
Participated with reports in 5 scientific conferences.
 
Achievment in sports
First sport class in track and field athletics.
 
Languages
Latvian, Polish, Russian, Italian, English, French and German.