Overview of Social and Scientific Research of Reverend Professor Stanislaw Urbanski
1. Born in 1947 in the village of Kamyk, near Czestochowa, Poland. In the years 1967-1973 studied at the Czestochowa Spiritual Seminary in Krakow. 1970-1974 studied at the Pontifical Department of Theology in Krakow. 1967-1969 underwent compulsory military service at the clerical unit in Szczecin. 1973-1975 studied pastoral theology at the Pastoral Institute of the Catholic University in Lublin (KUL). 1974-1979 studied spiritual theology and moral theology at the Catholic University of Lublin. 1979-1980 he took a scientific journey to the United States.1975 masters; 1976 theological licentiate; 1979 PhD; 1989 postdoctoral habilitation; 1989 docent; 1994 professor position; 1996 title of professor; 1998 full professor. He received numerous scientific awards, departmental and Provost. Church awards: Canon, prelate, canon of the cathedral chapter in Czestochowa; State awards: Silver and Gold Cross of Merit, the Order of Polonia Restitute.
2. Poland's first PhD, postdoctoral habilitation qualification and professor of spiritual theology.
3. Since 1980 lectures at the Czystochowa Spiritual Seminary; from 1980 at the Higher Theological Institute in Czystochowa; since 2000 at the School of Christian. - Spirituality in Czestochowa; 1982-1986 at the Catholic University of Lublin; 1992-1996 lead the scientific seminary at the Salesian Higher Spiritual Seminary in Lq.d. 1996-1997 lectured for priests of the Lomza diocese; 2007-2014 at the Primate's Institute of Inner Life in Warsaw; 2000-2014 at the Institute of Consecrated Life and the Institute of the Apostolate of the Laity in Oltarzew (Pallottine Priests); since 2010 at the Postgraduate School of Spiritual Leadership at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (UKSW); 1992-2000 lectured at the Major Spiritual Seminary in Grodno (Belarus); 1996-2006 at the Institute of Theology in Vilnius (Lithuania); from 2011 at the Open University of UKSW; 1996-2006 at the Missionary Center in Warsaw; 2005-2006 at the Spirituality Center ,,Honoratianum" in Zakroczym; 2006 at the Center of Apostolate Sobriety in Zakroczym; since 1997 occasional lectures at the Bogdan Janski Academy in Warsaw; since 1982 at the Academy of Catholic Theology I University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw.
4. 1980-1984 Provost of the Spiritual Seminary at the Diocese in Czestochowa; Director of the Theology Department of Spiritual Life at UK.SW; acting chair of the Hagiography Department; acting chair of the Christian Mysticism Department at UK.SW; Director of the Spiritual Theology department at the Higher Theological Institute in Czystochowa; 1984-2013 director of the boarding school for student priests ofUKSW; from 1997 spiritual leader and member of the Senate Convention at the B. Janski Academy ; member of numerous departmental, university and Senate committees of UK.SW.
5. First Dean of the Theology Department at UK.SW (two terms) from 1999 to 2005; Departmental organizer during the university restructuring; 1996-1999 Deputy Dean of the Faculty. Initiator, organizer, vice-president and Committee member of the Theological Academy of Sciences (PAN); initiator and co-founder of the Section of Polish Spirituality Theologians ; ordinary member and co-founder of the Spiritual Theology Association; member of the Organizing Committee of the Second World Congress of Divine Mercy (Krakow 2011); ordinary member of the Academy of God's Mercy in Cracow; consultant for the scientific council at the Polish Bishops' conference; member of the Czystochowa and Warsaw Branch of the Polish Theological Society; Polish Association of Theologians. As Dean of the Faculty awarded honorary doctorates to Cardinal John Paul II, Cardinal J. Glemp, A. Kozlowiecki (Zambia) and Cardinal J. Korcow (Slovakia);
6. He established doctoral studies of spiritual theology at UKSW and at the Higher Theological Institute in Czystochowa; Postgraduate School of Spiritual Leadership (UK.SW); journalism studies at the Theological Department of UK.SW; School of Christian Spirituality in Czystochowa, Kalisz, Lodz, Hrodna (Belarus) and IwanoFrankowsk (Ukraine); first in Poland to establish the Cathedral of Christian Mysticism and the Cathedral of Bioethics and Ecotheology (UK.SW).
7. In 1999 he established and chaired the first in Poland Institute of European Spirituality (UK.SW) which collaborates with the Catholic association "Christian's Civitas" in Warsaw and with a branch in Elbl~g. Organized lectures, international and nationwide conferences, promoted books. In order to conduct research the Institute has established contacts with foreign centers, including "Communio in Christo" (Germany); the scientific journal "Religion and Society" Mohilev State University in Mogilev (Belarus); Catechetical Institute in Grodno (Belarus); the Franciscan Center for Eastern Europe and Northern Asia in Warsaw; the seminary in Gr6dek Podolski (Ukraine); the University of Cluju and Timisoara (Romania). A pioneering research on European spirituality of the West and the East are being conducted on the level of master's and doctoral theses by students from Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, England and Austria. Especially broad pioneering research of studio and experiential mysticism of the West and the East, including experiential mysticism of Maria Theresa Linssen, published in German; mysticism of the Rhine, Spanish studio mysticism and mysticism of the East The Institute conducted wide research among others: spirituality in the United States, spirituality of St. Teresa of Calcutta, views of A. de Mello (India), of mystic experience of blessed Mariam Baouardy (young Arab girl) from Bethlehem, mysticism of Islam. These are pioneering studies not only for the Polish science arena but in Europe and beyond. Rev. Professor S. Urbanski took several scientific trips to the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, conducting research based on the method of "history story telling", which consists of recording testimonies of people of faith, who lived in difficult times of persecution. The first alumni of local spiritual seminaries were there to assist him with this project. These are priceless testimonies because with the departure of these people, die vivid testimonies of their spiritual life. These studies also concern building of the European Union based on Christian values; its integration and building unity. During the first year, 19 bishops gave speeches. For the first three years, monthly lectures were organized. In cooperation with the Institute for Scientific Research, Institute of Spirituality of the Resurrection at the B. Janski Academy, Rev. Professor has organized 41 conferences in the field of spirituality in Europe, 51 conferences on European spirituality of a wider range; 18 conferences on European spirituality at UKSW; he delivered 15 presentations on European spirituality; 36 presentations on European spirituality of a wider range; 19 lectures; he participated in 19 other conferences. The research resulted in the release of 8 books, 84 articles, and 12 introductions for books. It formed 26 doctoral theses, 54 master's theses at the UK.SW. Moreover, Rev. Professor initialized the book series of UK.SW,, European Spirituality".
8. He founded and chaired as director the "Study of Formation for Teachers and Catholic Educators" "Augustianum" (1999-2003) with the collaboration of the foundation of St. Augustine high school in Warsaw. The goal was among others to train teachers and educators in the pedagogic-education scope on the basis of Christian values. 146 graduated from this program. This program continues to collaborate with the Institute of Spirituality of Resurrection at the B. Janski Academy and with the Institute of Spiritual Theology of UK.SW, and had released books: "Upbringing in the teachings of John Paul II, Warsaw 2000; "The teachings of John Paul II and the contemporary pedagogical axiology", Warsaw 2008; "Paths of Christian education", Warsaw, 2008. In addition, in cooperation with the AMF Foundation "Our Way" released books: "I'm just a wanderer ... searching spirituality in the John Paul II generation," Warsaw 2010; "The generations are ascending there" (Ps 122, 4). "In search of spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land ", Warsaw 2011; "Man, I'm learning about you" (J. Liebert). "In search of human spirituality" Warsaw 2012; Sapere Aude. "Dare to be wise"(Horatio); "In the search of spiritual humanism" Warsaw 2013. Rev. Professor also in cooperation with the AFM Foundation of "Our Way" organized 8 conferences, he wrote 7 articles, gave 2 presentations and 4 lectures.
9. He founded and chaired as director the "School of Spirituality of Polish Communities living abroad" at the B. Janski Academy in Warsaw (2002). The activities focus on researching the Polish communities in California and the spirituality of Poles in areas of the former Soviet Union (Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine). This research collaborates with the Institute of Spirituality of Resurrection. They organized a number of conferences: Polish-Belarusian, Polish-Lithuanian and especially Polish- Ukrainian in Chelm. Cooperation with research centers in Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine. For this work he received numerous awards. Especially rich are the activities of Rev. Professor among the Polish community in California. He wrote articles for Polish community magazines. In the years 1992 -2000 he was the co-organizer and co-worker for the monthly magazine "Courier of Poland" established by the Polish American Congress of Southern California. He broadcasted numerous speeches on the Polish Radio station "Our Radio". For the members of the polish community he released a few books about Polish saints, about John Paul II, about Saint Faustina (in English). In Yorba Linda he founded the Movement of the Knights of Devine Mercy and "Faustinum". He wrote 77 articles for magazines in the Polish communities, had 31 radio broadcasts, and 83 lectures. He received numerous distinctions and prizes for his activities and research from the Polish American Congress and the consul of Poland in Los Angeles.
10. Rev. Professor IS the first Polish theologian who became interested in Polish spirituality and started research. Pioneering discovery of the Polish school of spirituality: School of Resurrection started the largest study of Polish spirituality. Therefore Rev. Professor founded and chaired as director the Institute of Resurrection Spirituality at the B. Janski Academy (1998). The Institute IS conducting pioneering very intense and creative exploratory research activities in the field of the discovered school. Additionally a wider scope of research is being conducted like Christian values, the ethical attitude of entrepreneurs, work ethics, issues of the philosophy and axiology etc. In addition, as the spiritual supervisor he leads a broad spiritual formation for staff and students; every academic year he develops a formation program, for example: Year of National Service, Year of Janski, Year of the Community, Year of the Family, Year of Evangelization of Scientists, Year of Politician Responsibilities, etc. Several School staff members, in the amount of 40 participated in these studies. They researched at the school of resurrection, covering about 82 topics. The research is published by the established magazines: "Emmaus-2000", "Emmaus", "Management and Education", outside the School: "Holy Places", "Collegiate Signature" (Pultusk). Employees of the School have published 108 articles in the field of spirituality of the School of Resurrection. They established 13 theses. Research of Rev. Professor in the field of spirituality of the School of Resurrection is published in: 26 books, 57 articles, 9 encyclopedia entries, 16 introductions, 80 popular scientific articles, 109 different formation studies for the School, 18 interviews, and 39 reports. Rev. Professor organized and co-organized 111 conferences, delivered 57 presentations and 70 lectures; participated in 17 other conferences, he is the scientific consultant of 10 books, and substantive editor of 20 books. Rev. Professor is the co-founder of the scientific journal "Management and Education" and popular science: "Emmaus-2000" and "Emmaus". He established a series of publications: "Education in the teachings of the Church," which consisted of 18 books and "Janski - into the future" - 6 items. It should be mentioned that under the guidance of Rev. Professor there were developed teachings of John Paul II about universities, education, politics, science, for managers, for Polish scholars (8 volumes).
11. Co-founder and member of the Scientific Council of the first scientific journal in Belarus; "Studies Grodnensia), and member of 14 scientific councils of other magazines. Co-initiator of the appointment: "Christianity and Ecological Education" (UK.SW) and "Theological Studies of the Academy of Sciences- PAN" (Warsaw); co-founder: "Management and Education" B. Janski Academy.
12. He established a series of publications at UK.SW: "The Polish Mysticism" - 150 books; "Spirituality of Europe" - 5 books; at the B. Janski Academy: "Education in the teaching of the Church" - 18 books; "Janski - into the future" - 6 books; co-editor of the series "Foundation AMF Our Way" - 6 volumes.
II. Scientific research
13. The pioneering discoveries of Rev. Professor, as already known in the first place, relate to the discovery of the Polish school of spirituality: school of Resurrection. In addition, he discovered the Polish school of the congregations of Blessed Honorat; Marian school (Saint S. Papczynski); Capuchin school of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; school of Benedictine nuns (M. Mortyska).These are the first innovative researches relating to the source. These schools have played an important role in the spirituality of the Polish nation.
14. Extensive pioneering research on Polish mysticism. Rev. Professor discovered five periods of the Polish "golden mystique." I. From the twelfth to the seventeenth century; II. The seventeenth century; III. During the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century; IV. The second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century; V. XX interwar period. He conducts extensive pioneering research about the mysticism during those individual periods, of the mystics, about the mystical study and experiential mysticism. To say, that mystic experience aims to the total unification with God, means that he is ready at His disposal in an act of love in response to His love.
15. Pioneering and innovative research on the Polish experiential mysticism, of Polish mystics. He discovered numerous groups of Polish mystics: of nuns and lay people. He developed experiential mysticism based on the 400th anniversary of the Bernardine sisters. He developed a pioneering and highly original description of the mystical life of Saint Faustina. Two editions were translated into Russian and English. Also excellent is the development of mysticism of mercy according to Saint Faustina. For these studies he received the prize of Skowyr6w at the Catholic University of Lublin. He developed for the first time, the so-called experiential mysticism of women. In this experiential mysticism courageously he paid attention to the supernatural action in the psyche of man. Therefore, he is analyzing nights of darkness in the life of individual mystics, as the crucial element of the process of mystical life, preparing for accepting Gods action. He is dedicating a lot of attention to this issue. Even though he is giving examples of mystics, however, it is not dry referencing, but he provides his own original interpretation. So he isn't dealing with the theology of the report. He discovered for the first time mystique message (message of), that is the message that Jesus passes through the mystics.
16. He created a new concept of spiritual life. The spiritual life is not only an ascetic life, religious and moral. It is the basic foundation of spiritual life. Therefore, he developed the concept of dynamic spiritual life. It is a process and development of theological virtues from the moment of baptism until the mystical union with God in love (holiness). The development of the love of God and neighbor is the process of spiritual life. Therefore, spiritual life has a mystical dimension. We are dealing here with deep bond which exists between the bridegroom and the bride. Maximum love of God and love flowing from the love of neighbor is the process of holiness and Christian purpose of life. Because Homo Novus knows that God is Love, is Communio Personarum, which is why we can suggest that the mystical life of the new man, with his mystical experience is a constant penetration in the history of God's love and the love of man to God. It is only in love, which is a personal relationship, it manifests itself the reality of the true God; the adventure of this amorous reality deliver the confessions of saints; the experience of experiential mysticism. That is why mystic and mystical experience is a specific area of action of the Holy Spirit; is the sacramental formation, which is not possible by only human forces. Such a mystique, a mystical experience is called by Rev. Professor "mystical fullness of the new man. 11 The task of man is not gaining of heroic virtues, but the achievement of an internal state of holiness. Therefore, it is giving an innovative definition of mysticism, the first in the theological literature. Courageously and rightly he writes that the mystic should take the helm of the civilization process and guide it so that each 11new11 mystical man could create a new type of mystical environment on the Earth, a new civilization of love on earth. Mystics are the best ministers of finance, will not embezzle any cent. Mystics are titans of work and prayer. The mystic does not complain about work, they do not know any fashionable today in the psychology of ,,burnout." Hence, he devoted much attention to the studio mysticism, to show the development of the mystical life from the moment of spiritual baptism. This is an innovative concept, underpinned on the mystical tradition of the Church. It expresses the spiritual transformation of the Christian as an entity that develops his spiritual life until the mystical union with God in love. It is about the process of the sanctity, which is reached by mystical union with God, which is done through cooperation with supernatural gifts. Ignorance of this process brings to the mystical life to devotional practices that are designed to help in this process, and not be a target for the purpose. He draws attention to the danger of therapy, psychology, which completely rejects the spiritual formation of Christians. Spiritual life takes place in a constant voltage of mysticism and mystery, the rejection of the mystery leads mysticism to false tracks, it means: far away from the teaching of the Church. Mystical life must be the development of supernatural gifts, is a life in Christ. The highlight of Christian mysticism is open to Christ, because only in Him and through Him man recognizes True God and the dignity and value of itself as individuals. That love is the reason infinitely perfect life, which is in God because the most a perfect definition of God is Love. Such an understanding of love grips to perform works of charity. Mercy is expressed in three terms: attention in relation to needy, in compassion and in action. Fr. Professor originally developed the mystical experience that differs from religious experience. You could say that it has an open attitude to Christ and, therefore, must be widely open to the love of neighbor. You have to love Christ in every person. It has also a very real insight into the lived joy and suffering. You can not follow Christ without a cross.
17. He created a so called. "Method of content", that is, research that relies on the analysis of content sources, especially on experiential mysticism and allows you to explore the development of the spiritual life of individuals and their personal way of holiness. You can talk about "supernatural phenomenology," or phenomenological induction and deduction, which allows you to capture the process of man's spiritual life based on the experiential mysticism in light of studio mysticism.
18. Rev. Professor at first was dealing with the innovative study of Eco theology of the spirituality. The ecological spirituality is regarding the conservation of nature, the forming of the environment, as the place of the development of the spiritual man. It is a pioneering spurt of research because a man cannot exist or create beyond the natural world. He established the first Cathedral of Bioethics and Eco theology (UKSW).
19. The scope of research is much broader, e.g. it covers the issues of formation, different stages of spirituality, prayer, spiritual leadership, sects, religion groups, false spiritual ideas of God, spirituality of Caritas, of soldier, of scout, spirituality of religious movements, of ecumenism, of culture, of politics, of media, of globalism, of communion, of education, of university, of entrepreneurs (a businessman), of the poor, spirituality of women and of fatherhood.
20. Rev. Professor created a school of spiritual theology. Pioneering and innovative research portrayed above in the large outline are representing the concept of this , school. This is confirmed by tremendous achievements. Some items have been translated into foreign languages.
III. General statistics of achievements
21. 86 books - author, co-author, editor; 487 scientific articles; 134 entries and biographies; 160 introductions; 4 scripts; 397 articles of popular science; 168 scientific reviews; 136 publishing reviews; 53 reports; 3 announcements; 172 other studies; 118 interviews; 45 broadcasts and speeches on the radio.
22. 8 beatification reviews at the diocesan level; 43 reviews for the position and the title of professor; 17 reviews of postdoctoral habilitation work; 108 reviews of doctoral dissertations and 639 master's theses.
23. The promoter of 80 doctoral dissertations; 118 master's theses
24. 43 promotion of books; organizer, co-organizer of 104 conferences at UK.SW; 119 conferences at the B. Janski Academy; 3 conferences at medical schools; He participated in 131 different conferences; co-organized 6 Weeks of Christian Spirituality in Czestochowa; gave 242 presentations ; 295 occasional lectures; scientific consultant to 21 books; content editor of 63 books; Biographies 512; Reviews of author's works 100; Citations 420;