Bishop-designate Janusz Bogusław Stepnowski, 53, succeeds Bishop Stanisław Stefanek, 75.

Janusz Bogusław Stepnowski was born in Ostroleka, Poland, in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1985. He studied in Spain, then in Italy where he also worked in pastoral care in the Diocese of Terni. 

In Rome, apart from his service at the Congregation for Bishops, he has worked for the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and as chaplain at the Convent of the Daughters of the Presentation.

The Diocese of Lomza has more than a half million Catholics served by approximately 500 priests and 200 religious.