Bishop Valentin Pozaić, S.J. (born 15 September 1945) is a Croatian Roman Catholic prelate who served as a Titular Bishop of Petina and an Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Zagreb from 2 February 2005 until 13 May 2017.
Mons. Valentin Pozaić, S.J.
|Titular Bishop of Petina,|
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Archdiocese of Zagreb
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||2 February 2005|
|Term ended||13 May 2017|
|Other post(s)||Rector of the Jesuite College in Jordanovac (1994–2000)|
|Ordination||24 June 1973 (Priest)|
|Consecration||19 March 2005 (Bishop)|
by Cardinal Josip Bozanić
|Birth name||Valentin Pozaić|
|Born||15 September 1945|
Selnica, FPR Yugoslavia
(present day Croatia)
|Alma mater||Pontifical Gregorian University|
After finishing primary school, which he attended in his native Selnica and Bedekovčina and graduation a classical gymnasium in Šalata, Zagreb, he joined a religious order of the Society of Jesus and after the novitiate consequently studied at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb. He professed as a Jesuit and was ordained as priest on June 24, 1974, after completed his philosophical and theological studies.
Pastoral and scientific workEdit
Fr. Pozaić continued his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy with a bachelor's degree of the Moral Theology in 1975 and a Doctor of Theology degree in 1984. From 1977 to 1979 he was a member of the editorial board of the Croatian program of the Vatican Radio.
After graduating, he returned to Zagreb and took up the position of professor of moral theology at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus. From 1990 to 1994, he taught bioethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was a professor of Christian ethics at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb (that is affiliated to the University of Zagreb). In his scientific work, he excelled in the field of bioethics, so he founded the Center for Bioethics at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus. From 1990 to 1993 he was a member of the Council of the Episcopal Conference of Croatia for the Doctrine of the Faith. Since 1991 he has been the spiritual assistant of the Croatian Catholic Medical Association, and since 1996 the spiritual advisor of the European Association of Catholic Physicians. From 1994 to 2000, he was the Rector of the College of the Society of Jesus in Jordanovac.
On February 2, 2005, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a Titular Bishop of Petina and an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Zagreb. On March 19, 2005, he was consecrated as bishop by Cardinal Josip Bozanić and other prelates of the Roman Catholic Church in the Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Stephen of Hungary in Zagreb.
Bishop Pozaić resigned as an Auxiliary Bishop on May 13, 2013 before reaching of the age limit of 75 years old, because of a health reasons.
- "Mons. Valentin Pozaić, pomoćni biskup zagrebački u miru". Official Website of the Episcopal Conference of Croatia (in Croatian). Retrieved 18 May 2020.
- "Bishop Valentin Pozaić, S.J." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 18 May 2020.