Adam Kozłowiecki

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Adam Kozłowiecki
Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Andreae in Quirinali
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See S. Andreae in Quirinali
In office 1998–2007
Predecessor none
Successor Odilo Scherer
Ordination 24 June 1937
Consecration 11 September 1955
by James Robert Knox
Personal details
Born (1911-04-01)1 April 1911
Huta Komorowska, Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
Died 28 September 2007(2007-09-28) (aged 96)
Lusaka, Zambia
Previous post Archbishop of Archdiocese of Lusaka
Styles of
Adam Cardinal Kozłowiecki
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Lusaka (emeritus)

Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki, S.J., (Polish pronunciation: [ˈadam kɔzwɔˈvjɛt͡skʲi]; 1 April 1911 – 28 September 2007) was Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lusaka in Zambia.

Born in Huta Komorowska, Austria-Hungary (now part of Poland) in noble family of Ostoja coat of arms, Kozłowiecki was ordained a Jesuit priest on 24 June 1937 after studying at the Zakład Naukowo-Wychowawczy Ojców Jezuitów w Chyrowie. In 1939 he and 24 confrères were arrested by the Gestapo in Kraków and then sent to Auschwitz. Six months later he was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where he remained until the end of the war.

After his release the Vicar General proposed that he go to then-Northern Rhodesia, where the Polish Jesuits had a mission. He taught there for several years until being appointed Apostolic Administrator of the new Prefecture of Lusaka in 1950. As the mission grew he was named Bishop and Vicar Apostolic on 11 September 1955. In 1959 he was appointed the first Metropolitan Archbishop of Lusaka. He resigned from the see in 1969 so that an African could be appointed Archbishop.

He participated in all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council and in the first Synod of Bishops in 1967, and in the 1994 Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to Africa.

After his resignation he continued to serve as a missionary in Zambia and was a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 1970 to 1991.

Created a Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 1998. He was Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Andreae in Quirinali. He died on 28 September 2007.


  • Dąbrowski, Wincenty. "Kardynał Adam Kozłowiecki". Forum Polonijne. 4 (2007): 33. 

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