Professor Father Piotr Mazurkiewicz is the new Secretary General of COMECE.
He has been elected by the member Bishops of COMECE, with the Vatican's agreement, for a three year mandate. He succeeds Noël Treanor who was ordained Bishop of Down & Connor (Northern Ireland) on 29 June this year. Fr Mazurkiewicz will take up his position in Brussels on the 1st October. Bishop Adrianus van Luyn, Bishop of Rotterdam and President of COMECE, welcomed the nomination of Fr Mazurkiewicz, who is Polish, as a sign of hope for the Ecclesia in Europa (Church in Europe).
Fr Mazurkiewicz is a priest from the Archdiocese of Warsaw. Born in 1960, he was ordained a priest in 1988. He is Professor of Political Science at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw (UKSW), where he directs the Institute of Political Science and has the Chair of Social and Political Ethics in the Department of Historical and Social Studies. He is also a member of the Research Council of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the Board of the European Society for Research in Ethics "Societas Ethica". Fr. Mazurkiewicz is a specialist in European studies, political philosophy, Catholic social teaching, social and political ethics.
In 1996, Fr Mazurkiewicz presented his doctoral thesis entitled :'The Church in an open society: Dispute about the Church's presence in Polish society during the transformation period' at the Department of Ecclesiastical, Historical and Social Studies of the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw. In 2002, he presented his post-doctoral dissertation entitled: 'The Europeanisation of Europe. Europe's cultural identity in the context of integration processes' at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
At the service of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Fr Mazurkiewiez is a member of the Advisors' Group on the European Union and member of the Council for Social Affairs. He has collaborated on many occasions with COMECE, in particular, participating in the drafting of the report to the COMECE Bishops entitled "The evolution of the European Union and the responsibility of Catholics" published in 2004.
Father Mazurkiewicz is fluent in English, French, German and Italian. A meeting with media representatives will be organised in Brussels when he takes up his position as Secretary General of COMECE on 1 October.
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