Jan Gora, Roman Catholic Dominican priest, Died at 67


Jan Wojciech Gora was born on February 8, 1948, and died on December 21, 2015.

He was a Dominican, Roman Catholic Priest, Doctor of Theology, academic and chaplain.

Since 1997, Jan had been the organizer of the Polish Youth Meeting Lednica 2000 at the Lednica Fields.

Animator for the academic chaplaincy centre “Respublica Dominicana” in Jamna.

Author of numerous books and articles. He was born in Prudnik.

In 1966, Jan entered the Dominican Order; during the years 1967 to 1974, he studied at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in Cracow.

During the years 1977 to 1987, Jan was chaplain to secondary school pupils in Poznań and since 1987 he is an academic chaplain in Poznań at the Queen of the Holy Rosary church.

His first evangelizing work was the annual summer youth colloquia in Ustronie-Hermanice.

In 1991, Jan was co-organizer of the VI World Youth Days at Jasna Góra.

It was then that the words of the hymn entitled “Abba Ojcze” were composed for this meeting. During the winter of 1992, he set up the “Dom Świętego Jacka” – a chaplaincy centre on the Jamna Mountain near Tarnów.

Initially the “School of Faith” started in the old building of the school and later on, due to the personal intervention of Pope John Paul II, he built the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Unfailing Hope.

In 1997, Jan organized for the first time the Polish Youth Meeting Lednica 2000 nearby the Lednica Lake near Gniezno.

Since that time, youth meetings by the Fish-Gate has taken place, initially on the Eve of Pentecost and now on the first Saturday of June.

Since 2004, annually, at the beginning of September, he also organizes Lednica for Seniors.

Jan is founder of the Museum of the history of Lednica in Poznań and of the John Paul II House on the Lednica Fields.

On December 21, 2015, Jan Wojciech Gora passed away at the age of 67 in Poznan.