Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski was born on July 24, 1949 in Poznan. He received the high school diploma in 1967 from the high school, named Karol Marcinkowski in Poznań. Then in the years 1967-1973, he studied at the Archbishop’s Seminary in Poznań and at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. On May 24, 1973, he was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Archbishop Antoni Baraniak. In 1974, he obtained canonical bachelor degree in theology at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań based on the paper “Problem of an individual in the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel” (supervisor: Rev. Prof. Ludwik Wciórka). In the years 1973-1975, he served as a vicar in the St. Martin parish in Odalnów near Ostrów Wielkopolski.
In 1975, Archbishop Antoni Baraniak sent Rev. Marek Jędraszewski on specialized studies at the Philosophy department of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1977, he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy based on the paper “La filosofia del simbolo religioso di Paul Ricoeur” (awarded with a gold medal of the Gregorian University) and on December 20, 1979 he defended his doctoral dissertation “Le relazioni intersoggettive nella filosofia di Levinas” (supervisor: Prof. Simon Decloux SJ), which was awarded with a gold medal of the Holy Father John Paul II.
After his return to Poland: in the years 1980-1996, he was an assistant professor at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań, in the years 1980-1987 he was a prefect at the Archbishop Seminary in Poznań, while in the years 1987-1996, he was the editor and since 1990 the chief editor of the “Catholic Guide” (“Przewodnik Katolicki.”) In 1996, he received habilitation degree at the Philosophy Faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow with the paper “Jean-Paul Sartre and Emmanuel Levinas – in search of a new humanism. Analytical and comparative study”. The paper was published under the title “In search of a new humanism. J. P. Sartre – E. Levinas”, Krakow 1994. In 1996, he was appointed as an associate professor at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. In the same year, he was also appointed as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
In 1996, Rev. dr hab. Marek Jędraszewski was nominated as an episcopal vicar for science and culture in the Archdiocese of Poznań and a chairman of the Academic Ministry in the Curia of Poznań. On May 17, 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Poznań. He received episcopal ordination from Archbishop Juliusz Paetz on June 29, 1997 in Poznań. In the ordination participated also: Archbishop Zenon Grocholewski, secretary of the Apostolic Signatura (now Cardinal, Senior Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education) and Archbishop Marian Przykucki, at that time the Archbishop of Szczecin-Kamień. His Episcopal motto is the following words: “Scire Christum” (“Know Christ”.)
As Theology Faculty at the A. Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań was established, on November 26, 1998, he was appointed an associate professor; while on December 7th of the same year, he received nomination for the head of the Department of Christina Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of AMU. On January 2, 2002, he received the tile of professor of theology. On July 11, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Marek Jędraszewski as the Archbishop of Łódź. Ingres to the cathedral in Łódź took place on September 8, 2012 at the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski is – as of 2014 – the Deputy Chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference (KEP). At the Polish Bishops’ Conference he also has the following additional functions: He is a member of the Permanent Council of KEP, Section of Philosophy at the Committee on Doctrine of the Faith, Committee of Catholic Education, Council for Youth Ministry, as well as a delegate of KEP for Academic Ministry.
Since September 30, 2012, he has been the Chairman of the Committee for catechesis, schools and universities of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE). Holy Father Francis, on November 30, 2013 included him for five years to the members of the Congregation for the Catholic Education. On January 28 of this year, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, former Archbishop of Łódź, officially seated at the Wawel Cathedral and became the Archbishop of Krakow. He is 79th Bishop of Krakow replacing Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.