Werth, Joseph


Bishop Werth was born 4 October 1952 in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, the son of Johannes Werth (from Schönchen) and Maria Hörner. He began his religious instruction in Lithuania under the auspices of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He was ordained as a Jesuit priest on 27 May 1984 and served in Aktyubinsk, Kazakhstan from 1984 to 1988 and in Marx (formerly Katharinenstadt) from 1988 to 1991. He was named Titular Bishop of Bulna and Latin-Rite Apostolic Administrator of Siberia (Bishop of Siberia) by Pope John Paul II on 13 April 1991 and was consecrated on 16 June 1991. He was appointed on 11 February 2002 to be the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of the Transfiguration at Novosibirsk. Sources: - The Church and the Russian-Germans in the Siberian Homeland Today by Eric J. Schmaltz. Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University, 1996. - The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church viewed 14 July 2008.

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