Rev. Professor Mirosław Sitarz


Scientific achievements

Organizational achievements

Didactic achievements 

Awards and distinctions


Scientific biography

Mirosław Sitarz was born on 21 June 1964 in Biłgoraj in the catholic family of Józef and Władysława Sitarz (maiden name: Zygmunt) as the seventh of eight sons. From 1971 to 1979 he attended primary school in Tereszpol. He continued his education at Liceum Ogólnokształcące [Polish secondary school] in Józefów (1979-1983).

After passing the maturity exam in 1983, he started the Major Seminary in Lublin. On 6 December 1988 he defended his master thesis at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Lublin, entitled Posłannictwo Kościoła względem Narodu według Prymasa Wyszyńskiego [The mission of the Church towards the Nation according to Primate Wyszyński], written under the direction of rev. prof. Czesław Stanisław Bartnik. On 10 December 1988 he was ordained to the presbyterate from the hands of Bishop Bolesław Pylak. The he was delegated to work in the Saint Nicolas Parish in Szczebrzeszyn, later, from 23 June 1990, worked in the Saint Nicolas Parish in Lublin. There he managed the construction of the “Shelter for Children of the Streets” (currently St. Joseph’s House). After the construction was completed, on 30 March 1992, he was sent to work in the Metropolitan Curia as referent at the Department of Pastoral Affairs and Archdiocese Inspector. He worked there until 27 March 1995.

In October 1992, he was directed to full-time studies at the Faculty of Canon and Secular Law of the Catholic University of Lublin and for pastoral work at the Rectoral Church of All Saints at Lipowa Street in Lublin. In addition, for three years, i.e. from 27 September 1994 to 3 October 1997 he was the editor of the Lublin edition of the Catholic Weekly “Niedziela”.

On 22 June 1995, he was granted the licentiate of canon law, receiving the highest grade (5) with a distinction. On 1 October 1996, he started his employment at the Department of Public and Constitutional Church Law of the Faculty of Canon and Secular Law of the Catholic University of Lublin, headed by rev. prof. Józef Krukowski, and was promoted to the associate professor on 1 October 2001. On 15 June 1998, he defended his doctoral thesis entitled Kolegium konsultorów w Kodeksie Prawa Kanonicznego 1983 i w partykularnym prawie polskim” [The College of Consultors under the 1983 Code of Canon Law and particular Polish law], written under the direction of Professor Krukowski. The reviewers of the doctoral dissertation were: rev. Antoni Dębiński, Hab. J.C.D. and rev. prof. Wojciech Góralski. On 18 June 1998 the Council of the Faculty of Canon and Secular Law of the Catholic University of Lublin conferred a degree of doctor of legal sciences in the field of canon law.

Rev. Mirosław Sitarz – on the basis of his overall scientific work record and the dissertation entitled Kompetencje organów kolegialnych w Kościele partykularnym w sprawowaniu władzy wykonawczej według Kodeksu Prawa Kanonicznego z 1983 roku [The competences of collegial organs in a particular Church in the exercise of executive power according to the Code of Canon Law of 1983] – completed his habilitation on 27 January 2009 at the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Since 1 October 2009 he has been in charge of the Department of Public and Constitutional Church Law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, by the decision of September 21, 2020 (No. 115.9.2020) awarded Mirosław Sitarz of the professor title (scientific field: social sciences; discipline: canon law).

Since 1 September 2020 he was appointed Vice-rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin for missions and administration.

From 1998 to 2004, rev. M. Sitarz worked as an assistant professor and chaplain at the Ryszard Lazarski Higher School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw, where in 1999-2001 he held the position of Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law. In the years 2004-2008, he held the position of assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the Higher School of Management and Law in Warsaw, and then in 2009-2014 of associate professor at the Helena Chodkowska University of Technology and Economics in Warsaw.

M. Sitarz is the author more than 500 publications, some of which have been translated into English, Czech, French, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian and Italian. He participated in over 280 international and national scientific conferences both in Poland and abroad, during which he gave 81 papers, communications, laudations and presentations. He belongs to 7 domestic and foreign scientific organizations and associations, and he also actively involved in scientific journals.

He has achievements in the field of research supervision and training of junior staff. He supervised 94 MAs and 17 doctoral award procedures which led to the award of the degree of doctor of legal sciences. He has been a committee member for nearly 50 doctoral award procedures. He has written 187 reviews for individual master theses and served as the reviewer of 13 doctoral award procedures which ended with the conferral of the doctorate and wrote 8 reviews in habilitation proceedings. In addition he was a committee member in 5 habilitation proceedings, including 2 as secretary of a habilitation committee.

Prof. M. Sitarz specialises primarily in the constitutional Church law, the theory of Church law and the principles of the relations between Church and State as the communities of a different type, which – although from different titles – the same people belong to.