Jan Wężyk

Jan Wężyk (1575–1638), of Wąż Coat of Arms, was a Polish noble and Roman Catholic bishop and Primate of Poland.

Most Reverend

Jan Wężyk
Archbishop of Gniezno
Primate of Poland
Jan Wężyk.PNG
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Gniezno
In office1626-1638
PredecessorHenryk Firlej
SuccessorJan Lipski
by Wawrzyniec Gembicki
Personal details
Wola Wężykowa, Poland
Died27 May 1638 (age 63)
Gniezno, Poland
Previous post(s)Bishop of Przemyśl (1620–1624)
Bishop of Poznań (1624–1627)


Jan Wężyk was born in Wola Wężykowa, Poland in 1575.[1] In 1619, he was selected by the King of Poland as Bishop of Przemyśl and confirmed by Pope Paul V on 17 Feb 1620.[1] Later in 1620, he was consecrated bishop by Wawrzyniec Gembicki, Archbishop of Gniezno.[1] On 13 May 1624, he was appointed during the papacy of Pope Urban VIII as Bishop of Poznań and installed on 1 Jul 1624.[1] In 1626, he was selected by the King of Poland as Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland and confirmed by Pope Urban VIII on 22 Mar 1627.[1][2][3]

He served as interrex (for 9 months) after the death of king Sigismund III Vasa in 1632, before the royal election of Władysław IV Waza.[4] As the interrerx he supported improving the procedures of the royal elections.[4] He was a political ally of Polish queen consort Constance of Austria, and took part in reform of church law in Poland. He authored Synodus provincialis Gnesnensis A.D. 1628 die 22 mai celebrata (1629), Synodus provincialis Gnesensis (1634), and Constitutiones Synodorum Metropolitanae Ecclesiae Gnesnensis Provincialium (1630).[4]

He served as Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland until his death on 27 May 1638.[1]

Episcopal successionEdit

While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of:[1]

and the principal co-consecrator of:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Archbishop Jan Wężyk" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 3, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Gniezno" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 3, 2016
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gniezno" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved July 3, 2016
  4. ^ a b c Jacek Jędruch (1998). Constitutions, elections, and legislatures of Poland, 1493–1977: a guide to their history. EJJ Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7818-0637-4. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Stanisław Sieciński
Bishop of Przemyśl
Succeeded by
Achacy Grochowski
Preceded by
Andrzej Opaleński
Bishop of Poznań
Succeeded by
Maciej Łubieński
Preceded by
Henryk II Firlej
Primate of Poland
Archbishop of Gniezno

Succeeded by
Jan Lipski

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