DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     May 17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 95


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

54.   Cardinal Roman Henryk Gulbinowicz

          Born in Lithuania after World War I in Szukiski in the Archdiocese of Vilnius, Cardinal Roman Henryk Gulbinowicz attended minor seminary there at the young age of 16 and was ordained at the unusually youthful age of 22 on June 18, 1950 during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. In order to continue his studied in theology he transfered to the Catholic University in Lublin where he received his doctorate in Moral Theology five years later. Four years after that he was appointed to the faculty of the Seminary at Warmia in Poland where he taught until Pope Paul VI named him a bishop on January 12, 1970 assigning him as titular bishop of Acci and apostolic administrator of the Polish territory in the Lithuanian diocese of Vilnius, which Roman assumed on February 8, 1970. During his six year duties there he built numerous new parishes as the Church flourished in Vilnius where he had grown up.

          On January 3, 1976, Paul VI promoted him to Archbishop of Wroclaw where he still remains today. On May 25, 1985 he was named to the Consistory by his fellow countryman Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Gulbinowicz received his red-hat and the titular church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary a Grottarosa. As cardinal he has been involved in various offices of the curia including the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. In addition he has used his life-long expertise in moral theology to write numerous works on molding and forming the clergy. During his twenty-three years as Archbishop of Wroclaw he has resided at ul. Katedralna 11, 50-328 Wroclaw in Poland.

May 17, 1999       volume 10, no. 95


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