Today in Catholic History – Bishop Karol Wotyła ordains Stanisław Dziwisz

On 23 June 1963, Stanisław Dziwisz was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Krakow by Bishop Karol Wojtyła.

He will serve briefly as a parish priest before becoming the personal secretary of Wojtyła in October 1966 – a position he will hold until the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005. On 3 June 2005, Dziwisz will become the Archbishop of Krakow and a cardinal on the 24 March 2006.

George Weigel will describe the relationship between Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Dziwisz as “that which every father wants from a son: love and duty without fear or synchophany. Dziwisz brought complete loyalty, utter discretion, sharp judgement, a puckish sense of humor, and indefatigability to the job.”

More on Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz


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