Stanisław Gądecki was born in Strzelno (Poznań Province) on November 19, 1949. He was ordained a priest on 9 June 1973 in Gniezno. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Pontificum Institutum Biblicum de Urbe, then a doctorate in Biblical Theology (16 June 1982). On February 1, 1992, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Gniezno, and on March 28, 2002, archbishop of the oldest Polish diocese – the Archdiocese of Poznan. On November 28, 2002, he was elected a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, and on March 18, 2004, he was elected vice-president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. Between 2006 and 2016 he was the chairman of the Pastoral Commission of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. 2009-2014 he was a member of the Joint Commission of the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Bishops’ Conference. Between 1995 and 2018 he was a consultor of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. On May 8, 2014, he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 12 March 2014, he was elected President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, and on 8 October 2016, he was elected Vice-President of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae, CCEE).