Archbishop Kazimierz Majdański Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Archbishop Kazimierz Majdański, (born 1 March 1916, died 29 April 2007)

Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since July 2004
Resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw No. XXXII/723/2004 of 1 July 2004

A Polish Roman Catholic priest, Bishop of Szczecin-Kamień, Archbishop, theologian. In the years 1934-1939 he studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary in Włocławek. On 7 November 1939, as an alumnus of the sixth grade, he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in concentration camps. After his release he was ordained priest on 29 July 1945 in Paris. He completed his doctoral studies in the field of moral theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. From 1949 he was a vicar in the cathedral parish in Włocławek and a lecturer at the local seminar, and later its Vice-Rector. In the years 1956-1974 he was chief editor of the magazine “Ateneum Kapłańskie”.
In 1962, he was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Włocławek. He served as Vicar General of the Diocese and Dean of the Cathedral Chapter. He lectured at the Academy of Catholic Theology (Akademia Teologii Katolickiej, ATK). In 1975, he founded the Institute of Family Studies at the ATK and became its first Director.
In March 1979, he was transferred to the Szczecin-Kamieńsk bishopric. While he served as a Bishop the Seminary and the Institute for Secular Consecrated Life of the Holy Family (Instytut Świeckiego Życia Konsekrowanego – Świętej Rodziny) were created. In 1987, he was an initiator and organiser of the visit of Pope John Paul II. After reaching retirement age, he was engaged in the work of Vatican institutions - he was Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
He specialised in the theology of marriage and family. In 1982 he obtained the title of Professor. He is the author of many scientific publications. He was awarded the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Order of the White Eagle.