Funeral of Bp. Mieczysław Cieślar
On Sunday, 18 April 2010 at nighttime, in a car accident in Rogów near Łódź died Bishop Mieczysław Cieślar, superior of the Warsaw Diocese, deputy of the Bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church, parson of the Evangelical-Augsburg parish in Łódź and lecturer at the Christian-Theological Academy.
Bishop Mieczysław Cieślar took part in the Saturday mourning ceremony at Pl. Piłsudskiego in Warsaw, and on Sunday he was in the Ascension parish, where he substituted the tragically deceased at Smolensk rev. gen. Adam Pilch. The accident took place during his journey home. Its circumstances are being determined by the District Public Prosecutors Office in Brzeziny.
Bp. Mieczysław Cieślar is remembered warmly by the ministers who worked with him in the Warsaw Diocese as Bishop and Brother in the ministry of Gods Word and sacraments. He was also seen as such by all the priests in the Evangelical-Augsburg Church.
The academic community will remember him as a person capable to always cross the academic routine and see in their interlocutor, be it a fellow lecturer or a student, another human.
He left behind his wife – a professor, vice rector of the Academy of Music in Łódź, and children: a daughter and a son.
Funeral of Bp. Mieczysław Cieślar will take place on Friday (23 April) at 12.00 in St. Matthews Church at Piotrowska Street 283, and then on the Cemetery at Ogrodowa Street.
Bp. Mieczysław Cieślar was born in Cieszyn on 28 March 1950. He was baptized by rev. A. Wantuła PhD on 10 April 1950. He spent his childhood and youth in Wisła, where he was confirmed by rev. Robert Fiszkal in 1964, and attended high-school. He then started to study theology at the Christian-Theological Academy. In 1973 he graduated with his thesis entitled “The picture of historical Jesus in Apostle Pauls letters”.
He was ordained by Bp. Andrzej Wantuła on 2 September 1973 and on the same day he started his curacy in Pabianice, where he stayed until the early 1990s. After three years of curacy he was appointed parson administrator, and 1980 chosen a parson and introduced in the office. During his work in Pabianice he was also an administrator of parishes in Zduńska Wola, Łask and Wieluń. In 1977-80 he was the Youth Pastor for the Warsaw Diocese and All-Poland Youth Pastor.
He finished his work in Pabianice when he was elected a parson of the St. Matthews parish in Łódź in February 1996. On 16 March 1996 he was chosen a Bishop of the Warsaw Diocese of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church, and on 1 May that year introduced in the office by Bishop Jan Szarek, assisted by Bishop T. Harlin, superior of the Uppsala Diocese of the Church of Sweden, Bishop Paweł Anweiler, superior of the Cieszyn Diocese and Bishop Ryszard Bogusz. Since 25 March 2006 he had served in this position for the second term.
Since 2001 he had been the deputy of the Bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church. In 2008-2009 he was the chairman of Churchs Historical Commissions Board, and after bishop Samiec had taken over this position he was chosen a member of Commissions Board by the Bishops Conference.
He also represented the Church in the ecumenical field. Since 2003 he was co-chairman of the Lutheran – Roman-Catholic Commission. He was also many times Churchs delegate to European theological conferences organized by Lutheran World Federation and Conference of European Churches.
He was a man sensitive to the beauty of music. When he attended primary and secondary school he also learned in Music School in Cieszyn. He was also a well-read person, eager for contact with literature. Ministers of the Warsaw Diocese remember him as a very cordial person, who always treated them as partners. For them he was a Bishop and Brother in the ministry of Gods Word and sacraments. He was also seen by all the priests of the Church.
Bishop Mieczysław Cieślar had been working at Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw since 1973. His work concerned Biblical studies, especially New Testament exegesis; he was a great specialist in ancient Greek and culture. Though he works in the Cathedral of New Testament his interests were not limited to biblistics. He was an expert in sacral music, liturgics and ecclesiology. Because of the reorientation of his research profile, and especially because of the start of research in evangelical dogmatic and ethics, in the last academic yeas he was a lecturer in the Cathedral of Systematic Theology.
The academic community will remember him as a person capable to always cross the academic routine and see in their interlocutor, be it a fellow lecturer or a student, another human. He shared his knowledge in biblistics, as well as systematic theology, with the students always from the pastoral perspective, using his experiences from the service for the Evangelical-Augsburg Church.
He left behind his wife – a professor, vice rector of the Academy of Music in Łódź, organist, and children: a daughter and a son.