Grzegorz Balcerek

Grzegorz Balcerek (born 13 February 1954) is a Polish Roman Catholic bishop, being the auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Poznań and titular bishop of Selendeta since 1999.


Grzegorz Balcerek
Auxiliary Bishop of Poznań
Titular Bishop of Selendeta
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Balcerek in 2014
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdiocesePoznań
In office1999 –
Orders
Ordination24 May 1979[1]
by Jerzy Stroba
Consecration13 May 1999[1]
by Juliusz Paetz
RankBishop
Personal details
Born (1954-02-13) 13 February 1954 (age 67)
Grodzisk Wielkopolski, Poland
MottoIn Spirutu Humilitatis
Coat of armsGrzegorz Balcerek's coat of arms

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Balcerek was born in Grodzisk Wielkopolski,[2] although he spent his childhood in Woźniki.[3] In 1973 he graduated from the high school in Poznań, and from 1973 to 1978 Balcerek studied philosophy and theology at the Archbishop's Seminary in Poznań and later at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. He was ordained to priesthood on 24 May 1979 by Jerzy Stroba, then Archbishop of Poznań.[1] In 1982 he obtained his bachelor's degree in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. There from 1982 to 1983, he completed doctoral studies. Balcerek defended his doctoral dissertation in 1993.[2]

Priestly ministryEdit

After being ordained a priest, Balcerek served as the vicar of several newly newly created parishes in the Poznań archdiocese. From 1979 to 1983 Balcerek was the pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians in Swarzędz, and then from 1983 to 1986 he was the pastor of the Church of God's Mercy in Poznań. In 1986 he was ordered to build a church and organize a parish on the estate. Bolesław the Brave in Poznań and the following year he was appointed rector of the newly created pastoral center there: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Redeemer.[2] In the years 1989–1999 he was the priest of the parish of St. Stanisław, Kostka. At that time, he was involved in charity, including founding a tuition-free kindergarten and a common room for children and youth adults from the so-called difficult families. As a lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology, he lectured on sociology of religion and Catholic social sciences. In 1992 he became the canon law doctor for the archdiocese of Poznań. In 1998 he was appointed episcopal vicar for the sick and healthcare.[2]

Ordination as bishopEdit

On 24 April 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed Balcerek as the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Poznań. The same day Balcerek was appointed Titular bishop of Selendeta.[1] He received the episcopal consecration at the hands of Archbishop Juliusz Paetz at the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, Poznań on 13 May 1999. The Titular Bishop of Tamagrista, Zdzisław Fortuniak, and the Bishop of Kalisz, Stanisław Napierała, served as the co-consecratos.[1]

Life as BishopEdit

Since the releasing of Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, Balcerek has been an actively celebrating the Tridentine Mass and asking other bishops in Poland to do the same.[4] Balcerek has also hosted the traditionalist Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter on multiple occasions.[5]

In a 2019 homily at Poznań Cathedral, Balcerek suggested that the Secularization of Europe was divine punishment for the Sexual abuse crises in the Catholic Church.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Grzegorz Balcerek". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biogram Bpa Grzegorza Balcerka" (in Polish). Archidiecezja Poznańska. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  3. ^ J. Gawron, D. Matuszewski: Ojciec Zdzisław Regulski, woźnicki franciszkanin 1937–1993. Grodzisk Wielkopolski: 2016, pp. 16, series: Grodziska Regional Library Library. ISBN 978-83-938819-1-8.
  4. ^ "Biskupi na Mszy trydenckiej w Polsce" (in Polish). Bibula. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Ks. bp Grzegorz Balcerek - Homilia podczas Mszy św. pontyfikalnej w Poznaniu w dniu 14 czerwca 2009". sanctus.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Bp Grzegorz Balcerek: utrata autorytetu jest słuszną karą Bożą za grzechy kapłanów" (in Polish). 6 August 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.