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Jan Szarek
Jan Szarek
Senior Bishop
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Szarek
ChurchEvangelical-Augsburg Church in Poland
Elected6 January 1991
In office1991 - 2001
SuccessorTeodors Grīnbergs
Orders
Ordination25 September 1960
by Andrzej Wantuła
Consecration3 May 1991
by Janusz Narzyński
Personal details
Born(1936-02-13)13 February 1936
Bielsko, Poland
DiedOctober 8, 2020(2020-10-08) (aged 84)
Cieszyn, Poland
NationalityPolish
ParentsKristaps Irbe
Lavīze Dišlere
Jan Szarek (13 February 1936 - October 8, 2020) was a Polish bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church in Poland. He was also the head of the Polish Ecumenical Council from 1993–2001. He held an honorary doctorate from the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw.
Biography
Szarek was born in Bielsko and raised in the Lutheran faith. From 1956 to 1960 he studied theology at the Christian Theological Academy, which he completed with the defense of the thesis entitled "The life and activity of Tomasz Muenzer and his attitude to the reformation of Martin Luther." He was ordained a priest by Bishop Andrzej Wantuła on 25 September 1960 in the Church of the Savior in Bielsko-Biała.
After his ordination Szarek became the vicar of the parish in Nawiady from 1960 to 1962. From 1962 to 1970 he was the head of the Lutheran parish in Giżycko, and later from 1970 to 1975 he served as the diocesan vicar in Bielsko-Biała, where in 1975 he was elected as the second parish priest . In 1979 he was entrusted with the function of the Consignor of the Cieszyn Diocese, and in December 1980 he was elected the bishop of the Diocese. In this position, he established the first Evangelical bookstore "Logos" in Cieszyn and contributed to the construction of the Augustana Publishing Center, which opened in 1992. On January 6, 1991, the Synod of the Church elected him the Bishop of the Church. On 3 May 1991 at the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw he was consecrated as the bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church in Poland, he was consecrated by his pressesor Bishop Janusz Narzyński.
Szarek died from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic on 8 October 2020.
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