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Subject: Pope John Paul II
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Niegowić is located in Poland
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lesser Poland
County Wieliczka
Gmina Gdów

Niegowić is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gdów, within Wieliczka County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. It lies approximately 13 kilometres (8 mi) south-east of Wieliczka and 25 km (16 mi) south-east of the regional capital Kraków.[1]

Niegowić was the place of the first appointment of Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II, as parish priest. He served there from July 1948 to August 1949, before the then-Cardinal Archbishop, Prince Adam Sapieha (who had ordained Wojtyla a priest in 1946 on an accelerated schedule, sending him to work on a doctorate in theology in Rome before beginning parish work), assigned him to work at St. Florian's Church in Kraków (where he began his work with university students as a chaplain to attendees of the Jagiellonian University and the Krakow Polytechnic Institute). While he was at the parish, the then-pastor celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his presbyteral ordination. It was Father Wojtyla who suggested that as a present, the parish arrange to build a new church, which was eventually done- the first built at his suggestion.


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) – TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01. 

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