Bishop appointed for the Spanish diocese of Solsona | Catholic National Register

Bishop Conesa told the faithful of Solsona in a January 3 statement that he “received the appointment with joy”.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis appointed Bishop Francisco Simón Conesa Ferrer as Bishop of Solsona on Monday. The Spanish diocese had been released by the resignation in August 2021 of its bishop, who has since attempted marriage.

Bishop Conesa was Bishop of Menorca from October 2016 until his transfer to Solsona. He is expected to minister in Solsona in March.

Bishop Conesa told the faithful of Solsona in a January 3 statement that he “received the appointment with joy”.

“It is certainly difficult for me to leave Menorca, where I have found an extraordinary welcome from the start. During the five years that I am here, I have learned to love this land, its culture and, above all, its people. Now, the Pope asks me to change course and be the pastor of your diocese and I do so full of hope, trusting in the action of the Holy Spirit and also in his help.

The prelate also spoke of the actions of Bishop Novell, his predecessor: “With pain and perplexity, we lived the final phase of the episcopal ministry of my predecessor. We thank God for all the good things he has done and we ask God to enlighten him in his new phase. The Apostolic Administrator appointed by the Holy Father also deserves thanks for the work he has accomplished.

Finally, Bishop Conesa called his faithful to pray for the task entrusted to him.

“Since I received the news of my appointment, I have prayed for all of you. Although I do not know you, I keep my diocese of Solsona present in prayer and in my heart. I know very well that without prayer it is impossible to accomplish our mission. My ministry also needs your prayer. Please keep me in mind, ”he said.

Bishop Conesa was born on August 25, 1961 in Elche, Spain. He was ordained priest of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante on September 29, 1985. He holds a doctorate in theology and philosophy from the University of Navarre.

He was Vicar General of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante from 1998 to 2014.

He was professor of philosophy and theology at the diocesan seminary of Orihuela-Alicante; associate professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre; Magistral Canon of Orihuela Cathedral; and rector of the Basilica of Saint Mary of Elche.

On October 27, 2016, he was appointed bishop of Menorca and consecrated bishop on January 7, 2017.

He has been a member of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Spanish Episcopal Conference since 2017.

Bishop Xavier Novell i Gomà, 52, resigned his post as Bishop of Solsona on August 23, 2021, citing “strictly personal reasons”.

The following month, it was reported that Bishop Novell had moved to Manresa to live with Sílvia Caballol i Clemente, 38, a psychologist and author of erotic novels with satanic overtones, some of which were reserved for those 18 and over.

Caballol is separated from her husband and mother of two children.

Bishop Novell, 52, attempted to marry Caballol on November 22 in a civil ceremony.

Those in holy orders invalidly attempt marriage, as do those bound by the bond of a previous marriage. A cleric who attempts to marry can be punished, even by dismissal from the clerical state.

Bishop Novell’s attempted marriage automatically resulted in his suspension.

Bishop Romà Casanova i Casanova de Vic was apostolic administrator of Solsona between the resignation of Bishop Novell and the appointment of Bishop Conesa.