Konrad Krajewski

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His Excellency
Konrad Krajewski
Almoner of His Holiness
SeeBeneventum (titular)
Appointed3 August 2013
Orders
Ordination11 June 1988
by Wladyslaw Ziółek
Consecration17 September 2013
by Giuseppe Bertello
Personal details
Born(1963-11-25) 25 November 1963 (age 50)
Łódź, Poland
DenominationRoman Catholic
Alma mater
MottoMisericordia (English: "Mercy")
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His Excellency
Konrad Krajewski
Almoner of His Holiness
SeeBeneventum (titular)
Appointed3 August 2013
Orders
Ordination11 June 1988
by Wladyslaw Ziółek
Consecration17 September 2013
by Giuseppe Bertello
Personal details
Born(1963-11-25) 25 November 1963 (age 50)
Łódź, Poland
DenominationRoman Catholic
Alma mater
MottoMisericordia (English: "Mercy")
Coat of arms{{{coat_of_arms_alt}}}

Konrad Krajewski (born 25 November 1963) is a Polish archbishop of the Catholic Church. He was a papal master of ceremonies from 1998 to 2013. In 2013 he was appointed Papal Almoner.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Krajewski was born in Łódź, Poland. In 1982 he entered the diocesan seminary of Łódź. He earned a degree in theology from the Catholic University of Lublin and was ordained a priest on 11 June 1988. He worked in the diocese for two years in pastoral work.[3]

Coat of Arms of Archbishop Krajewski

In 1990 Krajewski was sent to Rome to continue his studies at the Liturgical Institute of St. Anselmo. On 5 March 1993 he obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy. Krajewski earned a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in 1995 with a dissertation entitled L'ordinazione episcopale nella riforma del Concilio Vaticano II (Episcopal ordination in the reform of Vatican II). During his stay in Rome Krajewski collaborated with the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

He returned to the diocese in 1995, master of ceremonies for the archbishop. At the same time he taught liturgy at the seminary as well as to the Franciscans, and the Salesians. In 1998 he returned to Rome to work for the by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. On 12 May 1999 he was appointed a Papal Master of Ceremonies by Pope John Paul II.

In 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Almoner of His Holiness and at the same time Titular Archbishop of Beneventum (succeeding Manuel Monteiro de Castro in this last function). He was consecrated on 17 September 2013 by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello with Archbishop Piero Marini and Bishop Władysław Ziólek acting as co-concecrators.[4] Pope Francis attended the consecration.[5]

The almoner's duties are two-fold: carrying out acts of charity and raising the money to fund them. Krajewski's office funds its work by producing papal parchments, with a photo of the pope that the faithful can buy for a particular occasion — say a wedding, baptism or priestly ordination — with the name of the recipient and an apostolic blessing written in calligraphy. The parchments range from eight euros ($11) to 30 euros ($40) apiece, plus shipping and handling. All proceeds go directly to the works of charity. In 2012, the office spent 1 million euros ($1.4 million) on 6,500 requests for help.[6]

Krajewski described how Francis has redefined the little known office of papal almoner and explained the true meaning of giving. "The Holy Father told me at the beginning: 'You can sell your desk. You don't need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don't wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor,'" Krajewski said. Krajewski gets his marching orders each morning: A Vatican gendarme goes from the Vatican hotel where Francis lives to Krajewski's office across the Vatican gardens, bringing a bundle of letters that the pope has received from the faithful asking for help. On the top of each letter, Francis might write "You know what to do" or "Go find them" or "Go talk to them." And so Don Corrado, as he likes to be called, hits the streets. Archbishop Krajewski has visited homes for the elderly in the name of the pope, writes checks to the needy in the name of the pope.[6]

He traveled to the island of Lampedusa in the name of the pope after a migrant boat capsized.[6] Archbishop Krajewski spent four days on Lampedusa, bringing 1,600 phone cards so the survivors could call loved ones back home in Eritrea to let them know they had made it. He also prayed with police divers as they worked to raise the dead from the sea floor.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Guido Pozzo
Almoner of His Holiness
3 August 2013 - present
Incumbent