Mureşan, Lucian
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Sant’Atanasio
Native Country: Romania
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Major Archbishop of Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia (Romanian) 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

H.B. Cardinal Lucian Mureşan was born on 23 May 1931 in Ferneziu, Romania. When the Grand National Assembly suppressed the Greek-Catholic Church in Romania, he gave up his studies as he saw no way of pursuing his vocation to the priesthood. In 1953 as a Greek-Catholic he was declared "undesirable". In 1955 he was one of five chosen exceptionally by the Bishop of Alba Iulia to study at the Latin-Rite Catholic Theological Institute in Alba Iulia. He pursued his studies for the priesthood despite persecution. After studying in secret he succeeded in earning a licence in theology in spite of being expelled for political reasons from the theological institute. With a decree of grace he was ordained a priest on 19 December 1964. After the revolution in 1989 and the end of the clandestine existence of the Greek-Catholic Church of Romania, John Paul II appointed him Eparch of Maramureş and he received episcopal ordination on 27 May 1990. In July 1994, the Pope named him Metropolitan Archbishop of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia. When John Paul II raised the Metropolitan Church sui iuris of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia to the rank of Major Archdiocese, he named Archbishop Mureşan Major Archbishop of the Greek-Catholic Church in Romania. He is President of the Romanian Catholic Bishops' Conference which unites Bishops of both rites.