o. Jarosław Kupczak OP

Curiculum vitae

I was born in Bilgoraj, a town in south-east Poland, on 8th of August 1964. There, I finished elementary school and high school. In July of 1983 I joined the Dominican Order in the Province of Poland. In the years 1984-90, I studied in the Dominican House of Studies in Cracow. In June of 1990, I presented at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow the mater’s thesis, written under the direction of Rev. Prof. Jacek Salij OP: The concept of the signs of the times at the Second Vatican Council and obtained there the degree of Master in Theology. In the same month, I was ordained a priest.

In the years 1990-92, I worked as a chaplain for university students in Warsaw. In September of 1992, I began my licentiate program in the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington D.C. (USA). Under the direction of Kenneth L. Schmitz, I wrote the licentiate thesis: The Role of  St. Thomas Aquinas’ Thought in Karol Wojtyla’s  Wyklady Lubelskie and subsequently I finished the program in May of 1994 by obtaining the degree of licentiate in theology (STL) magna cum laude. During my licentiate studies I also began the doctoral program in theology at the John Paul II Institute.

In the fall semester of 1994 I taught Catholic moral theology in the Dominican House of Studies in Cracow. Between January of 1995 and January of 1997, I continued the doctoral program (STD) at the John Paul II Institute in Washington. In January of 1997, I defended my doctoral thesis, written under the direction of Kenneth L. Schmitz, The Human Person as an Efficient Cause in the Christian Antropology of Karol Wojtyla, summa cum laude.

In September of 1997, I reassumed my duties as a moral theology professor at the Dominican House of Studies in Cracow. In the years 1998-2004, I taught at the moral theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Institute in Kiev (Ukraine). Since 1998, I also teach every year at the Tertium Millenium and Free Society Summer Seminar organized in Cracow by Ethics and Public Policy Center (USA) and Tertio Millenio Institute (Poland).

In the years 1998-2004, I held the position of the Dean at the Dominican House of Studies in Cracow. IIn the years 2002-2005, I worked for about nine months in the Intercultural Forum at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. (USA). In June of 2006 I successfully finished the habilitation process at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow. Since October 2006 I hold at the Academy (which became the Pontifical Unifversity of John PauL II on June, 2009) the chair of Theological Anthropology which includes responsibility for preserving and developing the intellectual heritage of John Paul II. In January 2007 I was nominated to be the Director of  the Center for Research on the Thought of John Paul II at the Pontifical Academy of Theology (now the Pontifical University of John Paul II) in Cracow. At the University I hold the position of the chief editor of book series: Studies in the Thought of John Paul II.

In recent years I published three books: Destined for Liberty: The Human Person in the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2000); W stronę wolności: szkice o chrześcijańskiej antropologii Karola Wojtyły/Jana Pawła II (Kraków: Kairos, 2000), Dar i komunia. Teologia ciała w ujęciu Jana Pawła II (Kraków: Znak, 2006). I was also the editor of two other books: Prawda w myśli Jana Pawła II (Kraków 2006) and Dobro w myśli Jana Pawła II (Kraków 2007). I also published several articles, both  popular and scientific, about the philosophy and theology of Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) as well as about contemporary problems of moral theology and Christian ethics.