A Bishops' Conference or an Episcopal Conference or a Conference of Bishops is an official assembly of all the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given nation or territory, within which the bishops carry out their pastoral, liturgical and catechetical mission. The Slovenian Bishops' Conference (SBC) is the highest institution of the Catholic Church in the Republic of Slovenia, whose ecclesiastical authority covers the territory of the Republic of Slovenia. Its membership includes all local ordinaries and auxiliary bishops who are carrying out their special mission within the boundaries of their dioceses, all within the territory of the Republic of Slovenia.
President of the SBC, Bishop Andrej Glavan, and Vice-President of the SBC, Bishop Stanislav Lipovšek
Members of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference are:
- Msgr. Andrej Glavan, Bishop of Novo mesto and President of the SBC
- Msgr. Stanislav Lipovšek, Ph. D., Bishop of Celje and Vice-President of the SBC
- Msgr. Jurij Bizjak, Ph. D., Bishop of Koper
- Msgr. Alojzij Cvikl DJ, Metropolitan Archbishop of Maribor
- Msgr. Peter Štumpf, SDB, Ph. D., Bishop of Murska Sobota
- Msgr. Stanislav Zore OFM, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Anton Jamnik, Ph. D., Auxiliary Bishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Franc Šuštar, Ph. D., Auxiliary Bishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Metod Pirih, retired Bishop of Koper
- Msgr. Anton Stres, CM, Ph. D., retired Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Marjan Turnšek, Ph. D., retired Archbishop of Maribor
Former members of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference:
- Msgr. Franc Kramberger, Ph. D., retired Archbishop of Maribor
- Msgr. Jožef Smej, Ph. D., retired Auxiliary Bishop of Maribor
- Msgr. Alojz Uran, retired Archbishop of Ljubljana
Office of the Secretary General of the SBC
- Fr. Tadej Strehovec, OFM, Ph. D., Secretary General of the SBC
Former Secretaries General:
- Prof. Anton Štrukelj, Ph. D., (1993–2002)
- Msgr. Andrej Saje, Ph. D., (2003–2013).
Past and present Presidents of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference:
- Msgr. Alojzij Šuštar, Ph. D. (1993–1997), Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Franc Rode, CM, Ph. D. (1997–2004), Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Franc Kramberger, Ph. D. (2004–2007), Bishop of Maribor until 2006, from then Metropolitan Archbishop of Maribor (In 2006 the Diocese of Maribor was reorganized as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Maribor)
- Msgr. Alojz Uran (2007–2010), Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Anton Stres, CM, Ph. D. (2010–2013), Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
- Msgr. Andrej Glavan, (2013–), Bishop of Novo mesto and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana
History of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference at a glance
The Slovenian Bishops' Conference was founded February 19, 1993. Until then, Slovenian bishops were members of the Yugoslav Bishops' Conference (YBC), together with the bishops in the other republics of the former Yugoslavia. The Slovenian Regional Bishops' Conference was founded within the YBC on June 20, 1983.
The Slovenian Bishops prepared a proposal for the Statute of an independent Slovenian Bishops' Conference at their meeting on July 25, 1992. Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) approved the Statute February 19, 1993, in agreement with the norms and prescriptions of the Canon Law, after obtaining a positive recommendation from the Congregation for Bishops and the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. The Congregation for Bishops issued a decree formally establishing the SBC on February 20, 1993. The Church in Slovenia was thus given a more solid legal foundation and greater independence. Pope Benedict XVI reorganized the Church in Slovenia on April 7, 2006, by forming three new dioceses, with seats in Celje, Murska Sobota and Novo mesto, and by elevating the Diocese of Maribor to a Metropolitan Archdiocese. The newly nominated bishops and archbishop were inaugurated in May and June 2006.