PERSONALISTIC EDUCATION

Bogumił Gacka

Bogumił Gacka

Bogumił Zygmunt Gacka (1955–), Founding Editor of the biannual Personalism, Chairman of Christian Personalism at the University of Cardinal Stephen Wyszyƒski, Warsaw, Poland. He received the Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland in 1987, under Rev. Czesław S. Bartnik. Fr. Bogumił was the Vicerector of the Marian Seminary of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Since 1976 he has received a Christian formation of faith in the Neocatechumenal Way. In 1984 Rev. Bogumił Gacka was an itinerant catechist in Bologna, Italy – sent two by two without money to proclaim the Gospel.

He published Personalistyczna eklezjologia Johna H. Newmana (Lublin 1989) and Personalizm amerykański i (Lublin 1996).

“Christ is Risen! He loves you as a sinner.”

In 1951 in England Rev. Józef Jarzębowski, a Marian Father, thanks to whom probably Diary written by St. Sister Faustyna Kowalska was rescued, delivered a speech on education. The key words uttered by this genius educator then were as follows: “Comprehensive education of man does not mean creating an individualistic ‘superman’, concentrated on the blind instincts of his inferior nature, or a gregarious ‘robot’ living in a group, devoid of the ability to reason and to choose. Let’s call it personalism, personalistic education for short. Personalism denotes our own personality development in the relation to the social corporate body; thus it differs both from individualism and from collectivism. It distinguishes the human person from the mass, it recognises his properties and rights, but also his duties.

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