Eugeniusz Baziak

Eugeniusz Baziak (Polish pronunciation: [ɛugeˈɲiuʂ ˈbaʑak]; 8 March 1890 in Tarnopol – 15 June 1962 in Warsaw, Poland) was Archbishop of Lviv and Apostolic Administrator of Kraków.[1] Baziak was rector of the Clerical Seminarium in Lviv. Since 1933 he was an auxiliary bishop and, since 1944, Archbishop of Lviv. In 1951, after the death of Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, he became the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese in Kraków.

His Excellency

Eugeniusz Baziak
Archbishop of Lviv
Apostolic Administrator of Kraków
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Appointed22 November 1945
Installed22 November 1945
Term ended15 June 1962
PredecessorBoleslaw Twardowski
SuccessorMarian Jaworski
Orders
Ordination14 July 1912
by Wladyslaw Bandursk
Consecration5 November 1933
by Boleslaw Twardowski
Personal details
Birth nameEugeniusz Baziak
Born(1890-03-08)8 March 1890
Tarnopol, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine)
Died15 June 1962(1962-06-15) (aged 72)
Warsaw, Poland (then People's Republic of Poland)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Lviv (1933 - 1944)
Titular Bishop of Phocaea (1933 - 1944)
Coadjutor Archbishop of Lviv (1944 - 1945)
Titular Archbishop of Parium (1944 - 1945)
Apostolic Administrator of Kraków (1951 - 1962)

In his capacity as Apostolic Administrator of Kraków, he recommended to Pope Pius XII the promotion of Father Karol Wojtyła (the future Pope John Paul II), who was then a priest in the Archdiocese of Kraków, to the office of auxiliary bishop of that Archdiocese. It is said that this recommendation was made in so strong terms that the Holy See made the appointment without even consulting with the Primate of Poland, Stefan Wyszyński, as was usual. Instead, Wyszyński received notice from the Vatican that he was simply to inform Father Wojtyła of the appointment, and ask him for his acceptance.

After Wojtyła accepted and the appointment was formalized by the Pope, it fell to Archbishop Baziak to be the principal consecrator, Bishops Kominek and Jop being co-consecrators, of Wojtyła as a bishop, the episcopal consecration occurring in September 1958. Bishop Wojtyła would eventually succeed Baziak at Kraków after Baziak's death.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bolesław Twardowski
Archbishop of Lviv
1944–1962
Succeeded by
Marian Jaworski
Preceded by
Adam Stefan Sapieha
Archbishop of Kraków
Apostolic Administrator
of the Archdiocese of Kraków
1951–1962
Succeeded by
Karol Wojtyła
Archbishop of Kraków