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Cristian Dumitru Crişan


Dec 15, 2021

Cristian Dumitru Crişan (born 11 October 1981) is a Romanian Greek Catholic hierarch as the Titular Bishop of Abula and Auxiliary bishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia since 2020.

21st-century Romanian Catholic bishop
Cristian Dumitru Crişan
Auxiliary Bishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
Titular Bishop of Abula
Church Romanian Greek-Catholic Church
Archdiocese Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
In office 2020 –
Ordination 11 May 2008[1]
by Mihai Cătălin Frăţilă
Consecration 21 June 2020[1]
by Lucian Mureşan
Rank Bishop
Personal details
Born (1981-10-11) 11 October 1981 (age 40)
Sântu, Mureș County, Romania
Motto Fidelis Est Qui Vocat Vos
Coat of arms

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Crişan was born in the village of Sântu in Mureș County. He studied Theology at Blaj and took a bachelor’s degree in Theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome. On 11 May 2008 he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Alba-Iulia and Fagaras.[2]

He has a degree in canon law at the “Utriusque Iuris” Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University, and in 2012 he obtained his doctorate at the same university. Also in 2012 Crişan was appointed as rector of the Greek Catholic mission in France, serving as the parish priest of the Romanian Catholic Church of Saint George in Paris. In 2013 he was appointed as the notary of the Synod of Bishops of the Greek-Catholic Church in Romania. The following year in 2014 Crişan was appointed as the defender of the connection in the Provincial Court of First Instance of the Archdiocese of Paris, and in 2016 he was appointed as a judge of the same court. From 2016 to 2017 he attended the masters courses at the Faculty of Education Sciences of the Catholic Institute in Paris, obtaining his second master’s degree in co-tutorship with the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne). A year later, he obtained the “Emouna – l’amphi des religions” Certificate at the Institute of Political Science in Paris.[2]

On 9 April 2018, he was appointed by Pope Francis as the Apostolic Visitor for the Romanian Greek-Catholics in Western Europe, and on 11 October 2018, he was appointed National Coordinator for the pastorate of Romanian Greek-Catholics in Italy by the Italian Bishop’s Conference. On 22 January 2020 he was confirmed by Pope Francis as the new auxiliary bishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia and titular bishop of Abula. At the age of 38 he became the youngest Catholic bishop in the world at the time.[2][3] He was cosecrated a bishop at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Blaj by Cardinal Lucian Mureşan on 21 June 2020.[1]

  1. “Bishop Cristian Dumitru Crişan”. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. “Youngest Catholic bishop: Father Cristian Dumitru Crisan sets world record”. World Record Academy. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  3. “Youngest Catholic Bishop: Father Cristian Dumitru Crisan”. Transylvania Today. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.

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