Czeslaw Kozon

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Czesław Kozon in September 2008
Coat of arms of Czesław Kozon

Czesław Kozon ['tʃɛslau kɔ'so · n] (born November 17, 1951 in Idestrup , Falster , Denmark ) has been the bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Copenhagen since 1995 .


Czesław Kozon grew up in a family with Polish roots. From 1971 to 1977 he studied at the Gregorian and Lateran University theology . On January 6, 1979 he was ordained a priest by Bishop Hans Ludvig Martensen SJ in the St. Ansgar Cathedral in Copenhagen . From 1979 to 1984 he was vicar in Aalborg . In 1984 he became pastor in Ordrup , and from 1989 he was also responsible for the neighboring parish of Hellerup . In 1994 he was appointed vicar general.

A year later, Bishop Martensen resigned from his office as Bishop of Copenhagen for health reasons. Pope John Paul II named him his successor. His episcopal ordination on May 7, 1995 donated his predecessor Hans Ludvig Martensen SJ; Consecrators were Paul Verschuren SCI, Bishop of Helsinki , and Edward Samsel , Auxiliary Bishop in Ełk . His episcopal motto is “Veritatem in caritate” (Eph. 4, 15).

On September 7, 2015, Czesław Kozon was invested in the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem by Cardinal Grand Master Edwin Frederick O'Brien and Anders Arborelius OCD, Bishop of Stockholm and Grand Prior of the Swedish Lieutenancy of the Knightly Order . This immediately established an independent Lieutenancy of the Order in Denmark, which in 2016 was merged into a Lieutenancy for Sweden and Denmark. Cardinal Grand Master Edwin Frederick O'Brien appointed Bishop Czesław Kozon as Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy for Sweden and Denmark in St. Erich Cathedral in Copenhagen on February 11, 2017.


Bishop Czesław Kozon supports the celebration of the mass in the Tridentine rite , according to the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and also celebrates himself more often in this traditional liturgy.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  2. Newsletter spring 2017 , OESSH, accessed on May 24, 2017
predecessor Office successor
Hans Ludvig Martensen SJ Bishop of Copenhagen
since 1995
Arborelius is different Croix de l Ordre du Saint-Sepulcre.svg Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy for Sweden and Denmark of the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
since 2017