Fr. Jerzy Kraj, new Patriarchal Vicar in Cyprus
Press – In a decree dated August 26, 2013, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem appointed Father Jerzy Kraj, OFM, as the new Vicar for Cyprus . He takes over from Fr. Garret Edmunds , OFM.
Fr. Jerzy Kraj was born on August 5, 1960 at Zakliczyn. Poland, joined the Province of Our Lady of the Angels in Krakow in 1979 after graduating from high school at the minor seminary of Wieliczka. He followed his theological studies at the Studium Theologicum Jerosolymitanum in the Holy Land and was ordained priest in 1986 in Jerusalem.
He specialized in moral theology at Academia Alfonsiana in Rome and defended his doctoral thesis in 1998 (the “Mystery of Iniquity” i “Mysterium Pietatis” nell’insegnamento di Giovanni Paolo II sulla Redenzione).
He then joined the Custody of the Holy Land to teach, do research and become seminary rector. Before his appointment as Patriarchal Vicar in Cyprus, Fr. Kraj led the Christian Information Centre in Jerusalem. He was also the Guardian of the convents of Saint Saviour in Jerusalem and St. Catherine in Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity).
The Vicariate of Cyprus consists of approximately 7,000 at 8 000 Latin Rite Catholics divided as such: 1,700 Cypriots and between 6,000 and 7,000 foreign migrant workers from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka and Africa.
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Auxiliary Bishops and all the priests and faithful of the Diocese of the Holy Land welcome the new vicar Father Jerzy Kraj, with assurance of provide their prayers, wishing him all the best in his new mission at the service of Christians on the island of Cyprus.