Bishop Andrej Saje (born 22 April 1966) is a Slovenian Roman Catholic prelate who is currently serving as the second bishop of the Diocese of Novo Mesto since 30 June 2021.

Mons. Andrej Saje
Bishop of the Diocese of Novo Mesto
Coat of arms of Andrej Saje.svg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed30 June 2021
PredecessorAndrej Glavan
SuccessorIncumbent
Orders
Ordination29 June 1992
Consecration26 September 2021
by Andrej Glavan
Personal details
Birth nameAndrej Saje
Born (1966-04-22) 22 April 1966 (age 55)
Novo Mesto, SFR Yugoslavia (present day Slovenia)
Alma materUniversity of Ljubljana,
Pontifical Gregorian University

Early life and educationEdit

Andrej Saje was born into a Roman Catholic family of Drago and Frančiška (née Ulčar) Saje in Novo Mesto as their first child, but grew up in Veliki Kal in the parish of Mirna Peč.[1]

After finishing primary school in Mirna Peč (1973–1981) and graduation gymnasium in Novo Mesto in 1985, he made a one-year of compulsory military service in the Yugoslavian Army (1985–1986) and entered to the Major Theological Seminary in Ljubljana and in the same time joined the Theological Faculty at the University of Ljubljana, where graduated in 1991[2] and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1992, for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana,[3] after completed his philosophical and theological studies.[1]

Pastoral and educational workEdit

After his ordination Fr. Saje was engaged in the pastoral work and served as a parish priest in Grosuplje (1992–1994) and from 1994 until 1997 was a personal assistant of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lubljana.[2] In summer 1997 he continued his education in the Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum and completed his studies with a Doctor of Theology degree in Canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2003.

After returning to Slovenia, he was general secretary and spokesman for the Episcopal Conference of Slovenia for ten years (2003–2013) and served as a prefect of Studies at the Theological Seminary in Ljubljana (2003–2016). He was appointed a judge of the Metropolitan Church Court in 2003, and in 2016 the judicial vicar of the same court and the judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana. Fr, Saje also was an assistant professor and after professor at the Department of Canon Law at the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana.

He served as a spiritual assistant in the parish of Ljubljana-Ježica (2013–2015) and from 2014 until the summer of 2021, when he was appointed bishop, he was a spiritual assistant in Slovenian parishes in Sele and Bajdiše in the Klagenfurt-Land District of the Austrian Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk.[1]

PrelateEdit

On June 30, 2021, he was appointed by Pope Francis as the second bishop of the Diocese of Novo Mesto, instead of retired Bishop Andrej Glavan. On September 26, 2021, he was consecrated as bishop by Bishop Andrej Glavan and other prelates of the Roman Catholic Church in the St. Kancijan Church in Mirna Peč.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Življenjepis". Official Website of the Diocese of Nove Mesto (in Slovenian). Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Andrej Saje". Official Website of the Episcopal Conference of Slovenia (in Slovenian). Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Bishop Andrej Saje". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Diocesan Bishop of Novo Mesto
2021–present
Incumbent