Jacek Woroniecki 1878-1949

He was born on 21 December 1878 in Lublin (baptismal name Adam). He completed a gymnasium in Warsaw (1898). He studied at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where he obtained licentiate in theology and natural sciences. After graduating, he jointed the Theological Seminary in Lublin. He took holy orders in 1906. After a year, he returned to Fribourg, where he wrote his doctorate. In 1909, he joined the Dominican Order. In the following years, he lectured, in Kraków and Fribourg, among other places. In 1919, he came to Lublin and started working at the Catholic University of Lublin, which had been established in 1918. In the years 1922-1924, he was its rector, and between 1924 and 1929, the dean of the Faculty of Theology. From 1929, he lectured for four years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. In the years 1933-1937, he was the rector of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Lviv (Dominikańskie Studium Filozoficzno-Teologiczne we Lwowie). He was the initiator of the Dominican school in Służew in Warsaw, which he headed from 1937. When World War II broke out, he was in Kraków, where he lived until his death, lecturing and holding the post of rector of the School of Philosophy and Teology. After 1944, due to poor health, he focused on writing. He died on 18 May 1949. His beatification process is under way. Woroniecki’s best-known works include: Królewskie kapłaństwo. Studium o powołaniu i wychowaniu kapłana katolickiego (Royal priesthood. Study on the vocation and education of a catholic priest) (1919), Wychowanie społeczne i praca społeczna (Social Education and Social Work) (1921), Katolickość tomizmu (The Catholicism of Thomism) (1924), Katolicka etyka wychowawcza (The Catholic Educational Ethics) (1925), U podstaw kultury katolickiej (The Foundations of the Catholic Culture) (1935), Św. Jacek Odrowąż i wprowadzenie Zakonu kaznodziejskiego do Polski (Saint Hyacinth and the Arrival of the Order of Preachers in Poland) (1947).


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