By ZENIT Staff

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Świdnica, Poland, presented by Bishop Ignacy Dec.

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Świdnica, Poland, Bishop Marek Mendyk, transferring him from the titular see of Rusuccuru and the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Legnica.

Bishop Marek Mendyk

Bishop Marek Mendyk was born on March 18, 1961, in Głuszyca (currently the diocese of Świdnica). After passing his baccalaureate exams in 1981, he was admitted to the Major Seminary in Wrocław and attended courses in philosophy and theology at the local theological faculty. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1987, in Wrocław Cathedral, and after his ordination, he worked for four years as parish vicar in Saint George’s parish in Dzierżonów.

In 1992 he was incardinated in the new diocese of Legnica. He completed his theological formation at the Catholic University of Lublin, where he received a doctorate in pastoral theology in 1995. Since 1995 he has been director of the Catechetical Office of the diocesan Curia and professor of catechetics at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Wrocław-Section of Legnica.

In the years 1999-2000, he attended the University of Eichstätt and since 2001 he has been assistant professor at the Pontifical Theological Faculty in Wrocław. From 2001 to 2005 he was vice-vector of the major seminary of Legnica.

On June 2, 2002, he was named Chaplain of His Holiness and in 2004 he was appointed as a member of the college of consultors, the presbyteral council, and the canonical council of the Cathedral Chapter of Legnica.

On December 24, 2008, he was appointed titular bishop of Rusuccuru and auxiliary of the diocese of Legnica.

Within the Polish Episcopal Conference Bishop Mendyk is a member of the permanent board, president of the Commission for Catholic Education and member of the Council for Youth Ministry.

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