Friar Kijas – New Official of the Congregation for Saints

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Friar Zdzisław Kijas, our Friar from the Polish Province of Krakow, has been named an Official of  the Congregation for the Causes of Saints by Pope Benedict XVI.

It is a prestigious position in a Congregation of the Vatican that concerns itself with the “path to the altar” of future Blesseds and Saints. The Officials, of which there are five, collaborate with others in the preparation of the Positio, that is, the documentation regarding the virtues or martyrdom of those candidates for sainthood. It is also part of their responsibilities to clarify the writings or any suspicious history that are brought to the Congregation by their consulters, and to participate as expert theologians in meetings. The Officials also examine all of the accompanying documentation of proposed miracles.

This added responsibility is not entirely new to Friar Zdzisław, since he has already been a consulter for this Congregation along with analyzing the writings of John Paul II as part of the process of canonization.

P. Zdzisław Kijas is fifty years old, and a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. He is presently the President of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure “Seraphicum” in Rome. He was ordained to the Priesthood by Pope John Paul II in 1986, and in 1990 concluded his studies in Dogmatic Theology and Religious Science with a Doctorate from the Catholic University in Louvain.