With feelings of great joy, the diocesan community finds itself united on this day of November 23 around its bishop, on his birthday. The most sincere wishes are addressed to him for an episcopal service lived with permanent enthusiasm and passion. Despite the passing of the years, the inner youth and the indisputable love for the private Church that was entrusted to him prevail.
On this day of celebration, Bishop Anton Coșa wanted first of all to preside over the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of "Divine Providence", which was attended by the Vicar General, Mons. Cesare Lodeserto, and other priests, as well as parishioners.
"I wanted to celebrate this liturgy - said His Holiness Anton Coșa - to thank the Lord for what he has done in my life as pastor of this Church, to which I am deeply attached. I do not seek praise and thanksgiving, but only prayer, so that my ministry may be lived with joy ”.
The Bishop of Chisinau, Mons. Anton Coșa, was born on November 23, 1961, in Valea Mare village, Faraoani commune, Bacău county. His parents Iosif Coșa (1934-2003) and Magdalena Bulai (b. 1937), both born in Valea Mare, were farmers. He attended primary school in his native village, and high school in Hemeiuș commune, Bacău county. In 1989 he graduated from the Theological Institute in Iasi. On June 25 of the same year, he was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of Bucharest, Ioan Robu, for the Diocese of Iasi. Between 1989 and 1990 he served as parish vicar in Roman, and between 1990 and 1991 in Chisinau. In 1991, he became pastor of the Catholic community in Chisinau, a position he held until his appointment as apostolic administrator "ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of the Apostolic Administration of the Republic of Moldova, on October 28, 1993. On October 30, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him, and on January 6, 2000, in the Basilica "Saint Peter", he consecrated him titular bishop of Paestum. The inaugural Mass as Bishop of Monsignor Anton Coșa was held in Chisinau on January 15, 2000. On October 27, 2001, His Holiness Anton Coșa was appointed Bishop of Chisinau.