Bishop Kęstutis Kėvalas

Msgr. Kęstutis Kėvalas

Katedros a. 5
LT-87131 Telšiai

Tel. (+370-444) 51 157
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Born 17 February 1972
Ordained 29 June 2000
Consecrated 24 November 2012
Bishop of Telšiai since 18 September 2017
 

Born on February 17, 1972 in Kaunas. Graduated from the secondary school of Šančiai and the music school Nr. 1 of Kaunas. 1990-1992 studied at the Faculty of radioelectronics of the University of technology of Kaunas.

1993 entered the seminary of Kaunas. In 1997 Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius has sent him for further studies at St. Mary’s seminary and university in Baltimore (USA). In 2000 he graduated with degrees of bachelor and master of theology.

On June 29, 2000 he received a sacerdotal ordination, administered by Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius in the Archcathedral of Kaunas. He then went back for studies at St. Mary’s seminary in Baltimore, earning a licence in theology for a thesis Catholic Social Teaching and Economical Development: A Case Study of Lithuania.

Back in Lithuania in 2001, he was appointed Head of the Preparatory Year for the candidates for studies at the seminary of Kaunas, as well as Chaplain of youth pastoral care at the Youth centre of the Archdiocese of Kaunas.

In February 2002 Fr. K. Kėvalas began lecturing at the Faculty of Catholic theology of the University of Vytautas the Great. He was delivering courses of lectures in general and special moral theology for students in bachelor programs of religious sciences and of theology, as well as courses in pastoral management and youth pastoral care for students in master program.

In September 2003 he began his doctoral studies at the University of Vytautas the Great. That same month he was also appointed Head of both Preparatory Year for the candidates for studies at the seminary of Kaunas and of the John Paul II House in Šiluva. In 2003-2007, during the Second archdiocesan synod of Kaunas he was presiding a commission, dedicated to the youth pastoral care.

In 2005 he was appointed the Spiritual director of the seminary of Kaunas.

In August 2006 he went to the US to write his doctoral thesis and to serve as a chaplain for the Sisters of the Poor of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady in Putnam (Connecticut).

Back in Lithuania in September 2007, he continued his research at the University of Vytautas the Great. Fields of his scientific interest – Catholic social teaching, ethics, free economy.

On January 18, 2008 at the University of Vytautas the Great he defended his doctoral thesis, entitled The Origins and Ends of the Free Economy as Portrayed in the Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus. In 2009-2011 he served as a Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Catholic theology of the aforementioned university. In 2010 the Acton institute (USA) awarded to Fr. Dr. K. Kėvalas a M. Novak prize for studies that deepen an understanding of relationship between morals and economic sciences, as well as for studies on the interdisciplinary approach to the free economy.

2010-2012 Fr. Dr. K. Kėvalas served as a program director of Marijos radijas.

On September 27, 2012 the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Dr. K. Kėvalas a titular bishop of Abziri and an Auxiliary bishop of Kaunas.

On November 24, 2012, Vigil of the Solemnity of Christ the King, archbishops Sigitas Tamkevičius and Luigi Bonazzi, as well as bishop Gintaras Grušas assisting, in the presence of Lithuanian and foreign bishops, priests and the People of God, K. Kėvalas received an episcopal consecration at the sanctuary of the Resurrection of Christ in Kaunas.

On October 23, 2013 His Excellence Msgr. K. Kėvalas was elected a chairman of the Council of social affairs of the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference. On October 29, 2014 he was reelected to this office.

On April 20, 2017 Pope Francis appointed bishop K. Kėvalas Coadjutor of the diocese of Telšiai.

On September 18, 2017 Pope Francis accepted the resignation of bishop Jonas Boruta SJ. He is succeeded by H.E. Rev. Msgr. Kęstutis Kėvalas.