Appointment of two new canons

13 December 2021

The bishop of Mallorca will preside over the inauguration ceremony of Monsignor Josep Adrover and Monsignor Antoni Dols who will begin their ministry in the Cathedral on 15 December at 19:00.

Mgr Josep Adrover Vallbona was ordained in 1996. He has a degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and, among other positions in the diocese, he is currently the vicar general of the diocese, which he combines with being rector of the parishes of Sencelles, Costitx and Biniali. He is a judge on the ecclesiastical court and a teacher at CETEM (the Centre of Theological Studies of Mallorca) and ISUCIR (the Higher Institute of Religious
Sciences).

Mgr Antoni Jesús Dols Salas was ordained in 1989. He has a degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate from the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia. Among other positions in the diocese, he is currently the rector of the parish of Santa Eulalia in Palma, director of CETEM (the Centre of Theological Studies of Mallorca) and archpriest of Palma-Ponent.

They were appointed by the bishop of the diocese on 6 November, and during the ceremony, to be held on the 15th, they will be received by the rest of the Chapter in a celebration presided over by the prelate. With these new additions, the Chapter of the Cathedral of Mallorca will have ten active canons.

The historical origins of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Mallorca date back to the very beginnings of the restoration of the Church in Mallorca. In 1240, Pope Gregory IX gave the first bishop of Mallorca, Ramon de Torrella, permission to establish the chapter with canons and dignities.

Since then, it has become the group of priests responsible for carrying out solemn liturgical celebrations and also for performing the services entrusted to it by canon law or by the bishop of the diocese. One of its main duties is to promote the Cathedral as the seat of the bishop’s magisterium as pastor of the Church in Mallorca, and as a sign of the unity in the faith of Mallorcan believers, and to make the Cathedral the centre of the liturgical life of the diocese.

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