Diocese of Yichang

Bishop Lu

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Bishop Francis Shouwang Lu

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The late Bishop Francis Lu Shouwang was the Vatican-appointed and government-approved ordinary of Yichang diocese, in Hubei province, central China.

He was elected bishop-candidate in December 2006 and ordained a bishop in Nov. 30, 2007. He had become diocesan administrator after Bishop Paul Francis Zhang Mingqian of Yichang died on July 24, 2005, at age 88.

Born in 1966, Tujia ethnic Bishop Lu graduated from the Central and Southern China Theological and Philosophical Seminary in Wuhan, provincial capital of Hubei, and was ordained a priest in 1991. After serving in a parish for a year, he began teaching moral theology and biblical studies in the seminary.

In 1999, Bishop Zhang assigned him to work in the diocesan curia and appointed him vicar general. He had been assisting Bishop Zhang in managing diocesan affairs since 2000, when the late prelate's health deteriorated.

Bishop Lu was the eighth bishop of Yichang, succeeding Bishop Zhang, the first native prelate, who was ordained bishop in 1959.

Bishop Lu was ordained with a papal mandate and the Chinese government's recognition at the age of 41 by Bishop Louis Yu Runchen of Hanzhong, assisted by Bishop Paul Su Yongda of Zhanjiang, one of Bishop Lu's former seminary classmates, and Bishop Joseph Zhao Fengchang of Linqing (Liaocheng).

The ordination at St. Francis' Cathedral in Yichang, 1,125 kilometers southwest of Beijing, was the first there in nearly 50 years.

Bishop Lu's coat of arms included a symbol of the Three Gorges dams, a major landmark in the area, signifying his commitment to evangelize and serve local people.

The bishop died on June 18, 2011.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Francis Lu Shouwang (2007-2011)

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