Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, SJ
Archbishop of Lusaka



Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, SJ on Poland Scott 4007
POLAND, 2011, for the centenary of the cardinal's birth, Scott 4007
The stamp illustrates his life—school years, deportation to Auschwitz, the missions in Zambia and a meeting with Pope John Paul II

Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, SJ on a Polish cancel Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, SJ on a Polish cancel
The FDC for this stamp shows part of a letter of Cardinal Kozlowiecki to the provincial of the Polish Provinces
telling of his transport to Auschwitz and his preparations to go to Rhodesia

Cardinal Adam Kozlowiecki, SJ, was born in Huta Komorowska (now in Poland), he began his formal schooling at a Jesuit college at age ten, and went to the Jesuit grammar school in Poznan when he was 15. He entered the Jesuits in 1929 and spent his early years of training in Krakow and Lublin, was ordained a Jesuit priest on 24 June 1937. In 1939 he and 24 Jesuit confrères were arrested by the Gestapo in Kraków and then sent to Auschwitz. Six months later he was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where he remained until the end of the war.

After his release he went to Northern Rhodesia, where the Polish Jesuits had a mission. He taught there for several years until being appointed apostolic administrator of the new Prefecture of Lusaka in 1950, in present day Zambia. As the Lusaka mission grew he was named bishop and vicaapostolic on 11 September 1955, and in 1959 the first Metropolitan Archbishop of Lusaka. He resigned from the see in 1969 saying that that an African should hold the post. He participated in all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council and in the first Synod of Bishops in 1967, and in the 1994 Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to Africa. After his resignation he continued to serve as a missionary in Zambia and was a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 1970 to 1991.

Created and proclaimed cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 1998, he died on 28 September 2007 at the age of 97.