Taken from the Vatican website
the father: Karol Wojtyła
son of master tailor Maciej and Anna, born on 18 July 1879 in Lipnik near the city of Bielsko Biała. Tailor, from 1900 NCO in the Austrian army, then lieutenant in the Polish army, retired in 1927.
mother: Emilia Kaczorowska
daughter of the bastaio Feliks (carriage upholstery) and Maria Anna; born 26 March 1884.
the brother: Edmund
born on 27 August 1906 in Krakow; doctor, practices at the Powszechny Hospital in Bielsko.
KAROL JÓZEF WOJTYŁA
Born in Wadowice (Kraków), Poland.
He is baptized by the military chaplain, Fr. Franciszek Zak.
He lives with his parents in Wadowice, at the address Rynek 2 (today via Koscielna 7, extension 4).
He started attending Elementary School, and then the Pro-Gymnasium “Marcin Wadowita”. Throughout the course of his studies he obtains excellent ratings.
The mother dies.
He is admitted to the Marcin Wadowita State Gymnasium.
Brother Edmund dies.
He finishes the 3rd Gymnasium.
First plays in the school theater in Wadowice. In the high school period he is president of the Marian Society. In the same years he made his first pilgrimage to Częstochowa.
Participate in the military training exercises in Hermanice.
Admitted to the Marian Society.
He receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Apply for admission to the Faculty of Philosophy (Polish Philology) of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
With his father he moved to Krakow (10 Tyniecka Street).
Academic year 1938-39
While attending university courses, he enrolled in “Studio 38”, a theatre club founded by Tadeusz Kudliński.
Join the University Students’ Association of the Jagiellonian University (Eucharistic and charitable section).
Social training camp of the University Legion in Ozomla, near Sadowa Wiszna, for Polish and Ukrainian students.
World War II breaks out.
He enrolled in the second year of the course in Literature and Philosophy.
He knows Jan Tyranowski, tailor, a man of deep spirituality, trained at the Carmelite school. He introduced Wojtyla to the writings of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. In this period the underground theatre directed by Tadeusz Kudliński began.
Employed as a worker in the stone quarries in Zakrzówek near Krakow. Avoids deportation and forced labour in the Third Germanic Reich.
The father dies.
He welcomed into his home the family of Mieczysław Kotlarczyk, founder of the theatre of the living word (Rapsodyczny).
First theatrical performance of Król Duch (Royal Spirit), by Juliusz Słowacki.
He’s being transferred from the quarry to the Solvay factory.
He began to attend clandestine courses at the Faculty of Theology of the Jagiellonian University as a Seminarian of the Archdiocese of Krakow.
Before “Samuel Zborowski” by Juliusz Słowacki. K. Wojtyła plays the lead role. It is his last appearance on the theatre scenes (clandestine; they took place in the houses of a group of friends).
Academic year 1943-44
Year of theological studies. He continues his work at Solvay.
29 February-12 March
He was hit by a car and hospitalized.
Archbishop Adam Stefan Sapieha moved him, together with other ‘clandestine’ seminarians, to the Archbishop’s Palace. He will remain there until the end of the war. He continues his studies. He breaks off contact with Solvay.
He takes the first two minor orders.
The Red Army liberates Krakow from the Nazis.
Academic Year 1944-1945
III year of theological studies in the Theological Faculty of the Jagiellonian University.
He was elected vice-president of the student organization “Bratnia Pomoc” (“Fraternal Relief”) of the Jagiellonian University. He remained there until May 1946.
Academic Year 1945-1946
Fourth year of theological studies.
He takes the other two minor orders.
He is ordained a priest. As on previous occasions, he receives holy orders from the hands of Metropolitan Archbishop Adam Sapieha in his private chapel.
Celebrate the Holy Mass Novella in the Crypt of St. Leonard in Wavel.
He leaves to continue his studies in Rome.
He’s joining the Angelicum.
15 November – end of December
He is staying with the Pallottines in Via Pettinari in Rome.
Last of December
With Don Starowieyski, he is staying at the Pontifical Belgian College in Via Quirinale 26.
He passes his licensing exam in theology.
With Don Starowieyski he travels to France, Belgium and Holland. Near Charle
He’s taking his doctoral exam.
He defends his thesis “Doctrina de fide apud S. Joannem de Cruce”.
Beginning of July
Back from Rome to Poland.
He is assigned as assistant parish priest to the parish of Niegowić near Gdów.
The Academic Senate of the Jagellonian University, after recognizing the titles of his studies in 1942-1946 in Krakow and the following ones at the Angelicum in Rome, decreed him the title of Doctor with the qualification of excellent.
Recalled in Krakow for having been appointed deputy parish priest of St. Florian’s Parish.
His publications are starting.
Archbishop Baziak put him on leave (until 1953) so that he could prepare for the university teaching examination. Up to this point he had carried out pastoral work for university students (in S. Floriano) and for health care workers.
He teaches Catholic social ethics at the Theological Faculty of the Jagiellonian University.
Teaching qualification interview.
Teaching qualification conference, with approval of the thesis “Evaluation of the possibilities of building Christian ethics on the basis of Max Scheler’s system”.
The Faculty of Theology of the Jagiellonian University was abolished, the Theological Faculty was organized at the seminary in Krakow, where he continued teaching; he also taught at the Catholic University of Lublin as a professor.
From December 1st
He is the official substitute for the full professor and permanent employee of the Catholic University of Lublin.
The Central Qualification Commission approves your appointment as a free lecturer.
Bishop Eugeniusz Baziak is appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archbishop of Krakow.
He was consecrated bishop in the Cathedral of Wavel.
K. Wojtyła’s teaching qualification dissertation is published by the Society of Sciences (Towarzystwo Naukowe) of the Catholic University of Lublin: “Evaluation of the possibilities of building Christian ethics on the basis of Max Scheler’s system”.
During the year
First edition of “Love and Responsibility” (ed. By TNKUL).
He is co-opted to the Episcopal Commission for Education.
After the death of Archbishop Baziak, he was elected vicar capitular.
He leaves to participate in the work of the Second Vatican Council, First Session (11 October – 8 December).
6 October-4 December
He participated in the work of the Second Session of the Second Vatican Council.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with some Bishops of different nationalities present at the Council.
He is designated Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow.
Date of the Papal Bull appointing him Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow.
Official settlement in the Wavel Cathedral.
He left for the Third Session of the Council (14 September-21 November); at the end of which he went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, staying there for two weeks.
31 January to 6 April
He participated in the work on the schema XIII of Gaudium et spes on the Church in the contemporary world (Ariccia 31 January-6 February; Rome 8 February-13 February; Rome 29 March-6 April).
14 September-8 December
IV Session and conclusion of the Second Vatican Council.
Letter of reconciliation of the Polish bishops to the German bishops, containing the famous words: “We forgive and ask forgiveness”.
The Polish Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity is established. Archbishop Wojtyła is its president.
During the year
Present at the many Millennium celebrations in Poland.
Attend the first meeting of the Consilium pro Laicis.
Paul VI announces the next Consistory. Among those elected to the cardinalate is the name of Karol Wojtyła.
He leaves for the Consistory.
By Paul VI created Cardinal in the Sistine Chapel and published the Title of St. Caesarean in Palatio.
29 September-29 October
First Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Wojtyła did not go there as a sign of solidarity with the Primate, who was not granted a passport.
He solemnly receives the frame of the effigy of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa in the Archdiocese of Krakow. The Holy Image was not there, it had been blocked by the authorities in Częstochowa.
It takes possession of the titular Church of S. Cesareo in Palatio in Rome.
Visit “Ad Limina”.
The “peregrinatio” of the Virgin Mary to the Archdiocese of Krakow ends. Cardinal Wojtyła attended the corresponding ceremonies in 120 parishes.
He is registered as a resident of the Archbishopric at 3 Franciszkanska Street. Until that time he had continued to live in the old accommodation in Kanonic Street.
During his visit to the Corpus Christi parish he visited the Israeli Community and the Synagogue in the Kazimierz district of Krakow.
Approval of the Statute of the Episcopal Conference; Cardinal Wojtyła is Vice-President of the Conference.
Returning from North America, he participated in the first extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, as a Member of pontifical nomination.
The Polish Theological Society (PTT) in Krakow publishes “Person and Action” (Osoba i czyn).
Consecration of Auxiliary Bishops Stanisław Smolenski and Albin Malysiak.
27 May-2 June
Pilgrimage to Rome of Polish priests ex prisoners in Dachau.
He celebrated Mass with Polish priests in St. Peter’s on the occasion of Paul VI’s 50th priesthood.
Participate in the Mass of Paul VI. Audience on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pope’s priesthood.
During the year
He makes some pastoral trips to various countries in Europe.
Convene the Preparatory Commission of the Synod of the Archdiocese of Krakow.
He elaborated, and then published in the diocesan bulletin “Notificationes”, the project for the convocation of a Diocesan Synod.
He leaves for the II Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (30 September-6 November).
He was elected to the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
He participated in the beatification of Father Maximilian Kolbe.
Opening of the Synod of the Archdiocese of Krakow.
During the year
It comes out “To the basics of renewal. Study on the implementation of the Second Vatican Council”, published by PTT.
Participate in the Eucharistic Congress in Australia. He also stops in Manila (Philippines) and New Guinea.
He’s taking a trip to Belgium.
First meeting of the Commission of experts of the Diocesan Synod. Card. Wojtyła.
26 September-5 October
Visit “Ad Limina”.
In audience with Paul VI.
Trip to France (Paris; Chamonix; Annecy).
He participated, in Italy, in the Congress organized for the VII Centenary of St. Thomas. On April 23rd he gave a talk there.
Participate, in Rome, in the celebrations of the anniversary of the coronation of Paul VI and the consecration of Bishop Andrzej Maria Deskur.
27 September-26 October
III Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Card. Wojtyła is the rapporteur of the doctrinal part.
Visit to San Giovanni Rotondo. He had been there for the first time during his years of study and had met Padre Pio.
Convened on the initiative of the Cardinal, the First National Assembly of Doctors and Theologians is held in Krakow.
He gives a talk (Participation or alienation?) at the international study seminar on phenomenology in Freiburg.
First meeting of the new Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
IV General Assembly of the Synod of Krakow.
He leaves on his way to the German Democratic Republic.
At Card’s invitation. Colombo, he gave a lecture at the Ambrosiana in Milan on the theme: The rights of the human person in the light of the recent Synod of Bishops.
He preached the exercises in the Vatican, in the presence of Paul VI (the meditations will then be collected in the volume Sign of contradiction). He returns to Krakow on March 16.
Conference at the Gregorian University of Rome. He keeps the prolusion on the phenomenology of action.
He gave two lectures at the Cultural Meetings of the Angelicum in Rome.
23 July-5 September
Pastoral and academic journey to the United States and Canada.
Rome, Genoa: report to the Congress of Philosophy “Theory-Praxis: a human and Christian theme”.
In Rome, Card. Wojtyła chairs the Polish delegation to the International Congress of Catholic Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties on the preparation of the new Apostolic Constitution for Ecclesiastical Studies.
He participates (and in practice presides, given the absence of Card. Seper) in the work of the III meeting of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
At the University of the Sacred Heart of Milan he gave the lecture “The problem of the establishment of culture through human praxis”.
Honorary doctorate of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
Conference at the “Centre du Dialogue” in Paris; in Osny, near Paris, he presides over the Catholic Meeting of Poles.
30 September-29 October
IV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. On October 24 he was elected to the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod.
He works in the Congregation of Catholic Education. At the same time he participated in the ceremony of conferring the pallium to Archbishop Tomaóek.
Session of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
Milan: “Marriage and love” report at the CISF Congress (International Centre for Family Studies) held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.
Participate in the funeral of Paul VI.
The Conclave begins.
He was elected Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani).
John Paul I receives the Cardinals in audience; and Card. Wojtyła also in private audience. On September 3 he participated in the inauguration ceremony of the pontificate of John Paul I.
Trip to the Federal Republic of Germany with Primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Bishops Stroba and Rubin.
He leaves for the funeral of Pope John Paul I and participates in the funeral.
The Conclave begins.
October 16, 1978 (about 17.15)
Cardinal Karol Wojtyła is elected Pope. He is the 263rd Successor of Peter.