Who is Bishop Schneider?

Bishop Athanasius Schneider is the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. He is a descendant of Germans, who were relocated to the Ural Mountains following the Second World War, being sent to the Gulag by Stalin. He joined the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra and was ordained a priest in 1990. He was consecrated a bishop in 2006 at St. Peter’s Basilica. He is currently the General Secretary for the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan. He is a prolific speaker and we are happy to welcome him!