On this day, 2 August 2021, His Excellency, the Most Rev. Lazzaro You Heung sik commenced his service as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
Born in 1951 and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Daejeon, Lazarus You Heung sik was appointed as Coadjutor Bishop of the said Diocese in 2003, and as Bishop of Daejeon in 2005.
He served as President of the Justice and Peace Committee for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea and travelled to North Korea four times. His ardent prayer and hope is for lasting peace and reconciliation on the beloved Korean Peninsula.
In August 2014, Archbishop Lazarus You Heung sik welcomed Pope Francis to the Diocese of Daejeon, on the occasion of the sixth Asian Youth Day.
In October 2018, at the invitation of Pope Francis, he participated in the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People.
He was appointed by Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on 11 June 2021, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.