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Archbishop Reelected to Key Post
March 18, 2009   
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Archbishop Józef Michalik of Przemyśl, southeastern Poland, was reelected March 10 for a further five years as chairman of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate, the second most powerful position in the Catholic Church in Poland.

Michalik was born in Zambrów, Podlasie province, in 1941. He studied at the seminary in Łomża in 1958-1964 and became a priest in 1964. He continued his studies at the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw and Angelicum University in Rome, where he earned his doctorate in theology in 1972.

As a member of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate, he was chairman of the Commission for University Chaplaincy, deputy chairman of the Commission for Chaplaincy and deputy chairman of the Commission for Lay Chaplaincy. He is chairman of the Council for Polish Communities Abroad and Expatriate Poles. He was deputy chairman of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate from 1999 until 2004.

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań was reelected as deputy chairman of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate. Gądecki, 59, comes from Strzelno, Kujawy-Pomerania province. He studied philosophy and theology at the seminary in Gniezno and became a priest in 1973. He also studied Biblical studies in Rome and Jerusalem and has a doctorate in Biblical theology. In the 1980s, after returning to Gniezno, he was deputy rector at the local seminary. Pope John Paul II ordained him a bishop in 1992. In 2002, Gądecki became archbishop of Poznań.
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