Bibliotheca Nostra. Śląski Kwartalnik Naukowy, 2015, nr 1, s. 74-93
The creation of the Diocese of Katowice in 1925 can be considered as one of the elements
of integration of the Silesian workers both at the ecclesial and socio-cultural level. A signifi cant
contribution to the development of cultural and educational life was made by the bishops.
First August Hlond, initially the Apostolic Administrator of Polish Silesia, then bishop of the
Diocese of Katowice. He was followed by Bishop Arkadiusz Lisiecki, Bishop Stanislaw Adamski
and Auxiliary Bishops, Theophilus Bromboszcz and Juliusz Bieniek. Each carried on a lively
pastoral and organization work as well as a broad social and cultural activity often beyond
the borders of the diocese. One of the main goals of their pastoral work in the interwar period
was encouraging the participation of the laics in the Church. That consisted in encouraging
the members of fraternities and associations to participate actively in parish life. Thus, the
bishops’ duty was not only to lead the diocesan ecclesial community but also to ensure the
spiritual, social, and intellectual development of the community.