You are invited to St. Mary's in Marne on July 6 at 7PM, to welcome Bishop Joseph Arshad from the Diocese of Faisalabad, Pakistan (Fr. Ayub’s hometown). He will be visiting and speaking at St Marys Marne Parish Hall. He will be talking to us about the Religious Persecution issues they are facing in Pakistan. Please come and hear what our fellow Christian's are faced with every day. Refreshments will be provided by the St Mary’s & St Michael’s Knights of Columbus.
It is a challenging time for the Christian minorities in Pakistan. Please keep Bishop Joseph Arshad and our brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Faisalabad Pakistan in your prayers.
Information about Bishop Joseph Arshad, Bishop of Faisalabad Pakistan:
•He was born on 25th August, 1965 in Lahore Pakistan.
•He received his early priesthood formation at St. Mary's Minor Seminary, in Lahore.
•Completed his Philosophy and Theology Degrees at Christ King Seminary Theological Institute Karachi Pakistan.
•Was ordained on November 1st, 1991 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral Lahore Pakistan.
•In 1995, he went to Rome to Study Canon Law and in 1999 he received doctorate's degree in Canon Law and also received a certificate in Diplomatic Formation.
•Immediately after he received his doctorate degree in Canon Law and formation in diplomatic service in 1999, he was selected by the Vatican to serve in Vatican Embassies.
•Bishop Joseph served in the Vatican embassies in Malta, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Bosnia/Herzegovina until he was nominated as Bishop of Faisalabad on 3rd July 2013 on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle.
•Episcopal Ordination was on November 1st, 2013 and became the 5th Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Faisalabad Pakistan.