Jan Martyniak

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Jan Martyniak (born 1939, Poland) became the archbishop and Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Przemyśl–Warsaw in Poland[1] on its establishment on 24 May 1996 and was previously archbishop of the Eparchy of Przemyśl, recreated after the fall of communism in 1991.

Born in Spasie near Stary Sambor a farming family Vasyl and Maria Zygmunts. Baptism and Confirmation received 24 June 1939 in the Greek Catholic church in Terszowie. Years were spent in a family Spasie, where the religious life of the inhabitants of dominant influence was the famous monastery of St. Onofrio Basilian Fathers in nearby Ławrowie. Father of the future Metropolitan drafted during World War II the Soviet Army, was killed in a German POW camp near Dresden.

In 1946, along with his mother and brothers forced to leave their homeland in the deportation action. Family settled in a village in the district of New Waliszów bystrzyckim in Lower Silesia. He completed his primary education in 1954, then High School in Bystrica, obtaining a matriculation certificate in 1958. Wishing to devote himself to the clerical state, he studied theology at the Seminary in Wroclaw and graduated in 1964, receiving ordained by Archbishop Boleslaw Kominek. He worked as a curate in the parish of the Roman Catholic Church. Guardian Angels in Walbrzych (1964). After a year of pastoral work aimed to study in Italy, but authorities refused to issue him a passport. In this situation, began his studies in the field of apologetics at Catholic Theological Academy in Warsaw. Then deepened their knowledge of the Institute of Primate of the inner life.

In the years 1969–70 assistant at the Major Seminary in Wroclaw, and in 1973 took up lecturing in Gorzow branch of the Catholic Theological Academy. In 1974 he became pastoral outpost Greek Catholic Church in Legnica. Soon, he became dean.

On 22 December 1981 Polish Primate Jozef Glemp gave him the job of vicar general of the faithful of the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite for the Southern Vicariate. On 20 July 1989 Vardimissany appointed titular bishop and auxiliary bishop of the Polish primate, the Ordinary for the faithful of the Eastern rites in Poland by Pope John Paul II. On 16 September 1989 he was ordained bishop of Jasna Gora.

January 16, 1991 marked the Ordinary reactivated after 45 years of the Diocese of Przemysl of the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite of the Holy See.

May 31, 1996 appointed Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Uniate metropolitan formed Przemysl-Warsaw Ukrainian Greek Catholic church by Pope John Paul II. Ingres to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Przemysl was held August 17, 1996.

In 2005 he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polish Rebirth in 2007 - the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V Class.

In 2009, the World Union Army Volhynia District asked the Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, Kazimierz Nycz and Jozef Michalik, to support the protest against the behavior of John Martyniak and the Greek Catholic Bishop Volodymyr Juszczak, accusing them of slander persons of Father Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, and the falsification of history and the development of proper ground for the rebirth of Ukrainian nationalism.[2]


1. Указ Президента України № 739/2007 (in Ukrainian). president.gov.ua. [Access April 13, 2011].

2. 27 Division Army Volyn" Information Bulletin, No. 1 (101), January–March 2009, Warsaw, pp. 51–54.


  1. ^ "Abp Martyniak: Słowo może niszczyć i poniżać". Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "27 Division Army Volyn" Information Bulletin, No. 1 (101), January–March 2009, Warsaw, pp. 51–54". 

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