Catholic Archbishop – Metropolitan of Minsk and Mahiliou
Kandrusevich Tadevush Ihnatavich
Roman Catholic Church in Belarus
1970-1976 he worked as an engineer at the Vilnius factory of grinders.
In May 1981 he was ordained to the priesthood.
1981-1986 – served as a Vicar at St. Theresa in Vilnius and the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy.
In 1986-1987 – Vicar of the parish of Our Lady of Carmelite (Druskininkai, Lithuania).
1987-1988 – Vicar of the parish of the Holy Spirit (Vilnius).
1988 – rector of the parish of Our Lady of Angels and St. Francis Xavier (Hrodna).
On July 25, 1989 Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Hippo Diarrhytus (May 10, 1989 – February 11, 2002) and the Apostolic Administrator of Minsk diocese.
April 13, 1991 he was appointed archbishop, apostolic administrator for Catholics of the Latin rite of the European part of Russia (since 1999 – for the Latins the north of European Russia).
1994-1999 – a member of the Congregation for Oriental Churches (Vatican).
1996-2001 – Member of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (the Vatican).
On March 2, 1999 to 2005 – Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Russian Federation.
February 11, 2002, when the Apostolic Administration was raised to the rank of full scale of the archdiocese with the name “Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow” – (lat. Archidioecesis Moscoviensis Matris Dei) – appointed its Ordinary, Archbishop-Metropolitan.
On 21 September 2007 he was transferred to the department of Minsk-Mahilioŭ.
In 2011-2012 he served as apostolic administrator of Pinsk diocese.
On June 3, 2015 he was elected President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Belarus.
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Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, Kaunas Theological Seminary