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Ignacy Tokarczuk

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His Excellency

Ignacy Tokarczuk
Archbishop of Przemyśl
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeArchdiocese of Przemyśl
In office1965 - 1993
PredecessorFranciszek Barda
SuccessorJózef Michalik
Ordination21 June 1942
by Eugeniusz Baziak
Consecration6 February 1966
by Stefan Wyszyński
Personal details
Born1 February 1918
Died29 December 2012(2012-12-29) (aged 94)
Przemyśl, Poland
Previous post(s)Priest in Łebuniap.70

Ignacy Tokarczuk (1 February 1918 – 29 December 2012) was a Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.[1]


Tokarczuk was born in Łubianki Wyższe near Tarnopol. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Eugeniusz Baziak in Lvov on 21 June 1942. On 2 December 1965 he was appointed a Bishop of the Diocese of Przemyśl, and was consecrated by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński on 6 February 1966. On 2 June 1991 Tokarczuk was bestowed a personal title of archbishop by John Paul II. On 25 March 1992 he became a metropolitan Archbishop of Przemyśl.[2] As the Bishop of Przemysl, he was known for building a great number of churches in his diocese despite the lack of having permission to build from the communist authorities. It is said that he has erected nearly 430 churches during his tenure as a bishop.[3] He was also a great supporter of the Solidarity movement. For his uncompromising stance in the defense of the institution of the Catholic Church in the People's Republic of Poland, he was repeatedly harassed by the Polish Security Service. Tokarczuk retired from the Archdiocese of Przemyśl on 17 April 1993 and was succeeded by Archbishop Józef Michalik.

Tokarczuk was also a recipient of the Order of White Eagle, and from 2007 to 2009, he was a member of the Grand Chapter of the Order.

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  1. ^ "10 lat temu zmarł abp Ignacy Tokarczuk, zwany biskupem niezłomnym". dzieje.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  2. ^ Nabożny, Marcin; Wysocki, Marcin (2023-06-12). The Church in the Face of Crises and Challenges over the Centuries: Selected Issues from the History of the Church. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 79. ISBN 978-3-647-57358-8.
  3. ^ "Polish bishop who built secret communist-era churches dies at 94". Reuters. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2024.

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