Lewis Jerome Zeigler

Lewis Jerome Zeigler (born 4 January 1944) is a Liberian Roman Catholic prelate who has been serving as the Archbishop of Monrovia since 2011. Zeigler was born in Harrisburg in 1944 and was ordained in 1974 before he was appointed in 2002 as the Bishop of Gbarnga. He was later named as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Monrovia in 2009 and ascended to head the diocese in 2011 after his predecessor died in office. Zeigler is a conservative prelate who has railed against same-sex marriage and abortion in Liberia.[1][2][3]


Lewis Jerome Zeigler
Archbishop of Monrovia
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseMonrovia
SeeMonrovia
Appointed12 February 2011
Term ended7 June 2021
SuccessorMichael Kpakala Francis
Orders
Ordination22 December 1974
Consecration9 November 2002
by Michael Kpakala Francis
Personal details
Born
Lewis Jerome Zeigler

(1944-01-04) 4 January 1944 (age 78)
Harrisburg, Liberia
NationalityLiberian
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • Bishop of Gbarnga (2002-09)
  • President of the Liberian Episcopal Conference (2005-17)
  • Coadjutor Archbishop of Monrovia (2009-11)
Ordination history of
Lewis Jerome Zeigler
History
Priestly ordination
Date22 December 1974
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMichael Kpakala Francis
Co-consecratorsJoseph Henry Ganda
Boniface Nyema Dalieh
Date9 November 2002
PlaceCathedral of the Holy Spirit, Gbarnga, Liberia
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Lewis Jerome Zeigler as principal consecrator
Anthony Fallah Borwah11 June 2011

LifeEdit

Lewis Jerome Zeigler was born in 1944 in Harrisburg in Liberia. He was ordained to the priesthood in Monrovia on 22 December 1974 and was incardinated in the Gbarnga diocese just over a decade later on 17 November 1986. Pope John Paul II appointed Zeigler as the Bishop of Gbarnga and Zeigler received his episcopal consecration on 9 November 2002 from Michael Kpakala Francis at the Gbarnga Cathedral.

He later was transferred to Monrovia in 2009 after Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the coadjutor bishop to Francis which also meant he would succeed Francis at once following the latter's resignation or death. In 2011 he became the Archbishop of Monrovia after Francis resigned and he was installed at some point after. On 11 June 2018 he made his first "ad limina apostolorum" visit to Pope Francis.

PositionsEdit

PriesthoodEdit

In 2015 at the Chrism Mass the archbishop called on priests to desist from activities that distract them from their ecclesial duties and said that most priests seemed to chase wealth and material goods involved with the world rather than focusing their lives on the Church. Zeigler said: "It is my appeal to all of you, my fellow priests, to serve and not to chase things of the world like iPhones, iPads and whatever".[1]

Zeigler also called on the faithful to pray for their pastors whenever they do wrong since it would "help to strengthen and put them on the right path".[1]

CorruptionEdit

Zeigler has referred to corruption as the major foe to nation building in Liberia and has said that corruption hinders national progress. The archbishop said that "our society is sick" due to greed and selfishness which has swallowed the nation. He also called on Liberians to fight against corruption by focusing on defeating individual greed.[2]

HomosexualityEdit

In an address at an official service at the Providence Baptist Church as a guest speaker on 11 April 2014, the archbishop railed against homosexuality and same-sex marriage, observing that Liberian culture was being denigrated by calamity due to Liberians "ignoring their creator" and entering into "unwholesome activities that continue to annoy God".[3] Zeigler also said that such national crises such as the Ebola outbreak came about due to the dissolute ways Liberians lived that displeased God.

Zeigler further referred to same-sex marriage as an "abomination".[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Zoquay Beysolow (3 April 2015). "Catholic Archbishop Criticizes Priests". The Bush Chicken. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Alfred Gezaye. "Liberia's sick, corruption is the illness". Insight Newspaper. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Archbishop Condemns Homosexuality". Liberian Observer. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Catholic Archbishop: Ebola is punishment from God for homosexuality". 4 November 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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