Archbishop Józef Gawlina

Józef Feliks Gawlina, born in 1892 in Strzybnik (Racibórz County) in Silesia - died 1964 in Rome was a Divisional general in the Polish Armed Forces. He was an ordained priest, Doctor of Theology and from 1933, Catholic bishop in the Military Ordinariate of Poland.[1] After the Second world war, cardinal Hlond gave him the brief to provide pastoral care to the Polish diaspora. In the words of Pope John Paul II, Gawlina was a "bishop - Nomad". He was raised to the rank of Archbishop in 1957. Following his death, the Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council described him as a "real pastor".

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  1. ^ Jurga Tadeusz (1990). Obrona Polski 1939. Warszawa: Instytut Wydawniczy PAX. pp. 768–769. ISBN 83-211-1096-7.

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Archbishop Gawlina's tombstone in the Monte Cassino cemetery
  • A. K. Kunert, ed. (2002)."Józef Feliks Gawlina Biskup Polowy Polskich Sił Zbrojnych" in Emigracyjna Rzeczpospolita 1939-1990, vol. III. Warsaw.
  • Władysław Bochnak, W służbie Bogu i ludziom. Sylwetki Ślązaków, Marki-Struga 1989, p. 200-211.
  • T. Kryska Karski i S. Żurakowski, Generałowie Polski Niepodległej publ. Editions Spotkania Warszawa 1991
  • Henryk P. Kosk, Generalicja polska, publ. Oficyna wydawnicza "Ajaks", Pruszków: 1998.
  • Henryka Wolna-Van Das, Biskup polowy Józef Gawlina – w 100 lecie urodzin, Polska Zbrojna, November 1992
 
Polish II Corps with bishop Józef Gawlina in Casarano, 1946

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