Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec,
Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo
Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec was born June 4, 1936 in
Trenton, New Jersey. He was the fifth of five children born to Thecla
Czupta Kmiec and John Kmiec, who immigrated to the United States from
Poland before World War I. All the Kmiec children, sister Helen and
brothers Joseph, John, and Henry were born in the United States.
On August 12, 2004, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Kmiec the 13th Bishop
of Buffalo. He was installed as the 13th bishop of Buffalo on October
On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Kmiec's
resignation. The Holy Father then named Bishop Kmiec apostolic
administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo. On Aug. 10, 2012, upon Bishop
Richard J. Malone's installation as 14th bishop of Buffalo, Bishop
Kmiec became Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo.
Bishop Kmiec's baptismal parish, St. Hedwig's in Trenton, is where he
attended school throughout his grammar school years, and from St.
Hedwig's he went on to Trenton Catholic Boys High School. In 1954,
Edward Kmiec left the Trenton area to attend St. Charles' College in
Catonsville, Maryland, and later St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, where
he received his B.A. degree in 1958. Subsequently, he was sent to Rome
for his theological studies, residing at the North American College and
attending the Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood on
December 20, 1961 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and his first Mass
was celebrated at St. Peter's in the Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
He continued his studies and received his S.T.L. degree in 1962 from the
Upon returning to the United States in the summer of 1962, Bishop Kmiec
served as associate pastor of St. Rose Parish in Belmar, New Jersey. In
1965, he was appointed Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to His
Excellency, Bishop George W. Ahr, whom he served in that capacity
Bishop Kmiec was named Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by His Holiness Pope
Paul VI in 1977. On November 3, 1982, he was ordained to the
Episcopacy. He served as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Trenton from
1982 until he was named tenth bishop of Nashville by His Holiness Pope
John Paul II and was subsequently installed to that office on December
For more than 27 years, Bishop Kmiec was actively involved in various
phases of administration of the Diocese of Trenton. This included
serving as vice chancellor of the diocese from 1966 through 1982. He was
a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee, the Diocesan Priests'
Council and the Diocesan Board of Consultors. He also served as
Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the diocese, and he was the
general secretary for the Fourth Synod of the Diocese of Trenton that
ended in 1991. He also was a member of the Public Policy Committee of
the New Jersey Conference of Catholic Bishops, for whom he also served
Bishop Kmiec served as chairman of the Bishops' Committee on the
Diaconate from 1995 through 1998 and was chairman of Region V of the
National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1994 through 1998. He has
also served on numerous other national and regional committees, the
Bishops' Committee on Human Values, the Bishops' Committee on Pastoral
Research and Practices, and the Bishops' Committee of Priestly Life and
Ministry. He has been on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the
North American College, Rome.
Bishop Kmiec also served as a member of the Bishops' Secretariat for
Catholic-Jewish Relations, the Secretariat for Catholic-Orthodox
Relations. He also served on the Bishop's Committee on the Laity and the
Board of the Southeast Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs, and was a
regional Episcopal Advisor for the Cursillo Movement.
He is a former member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Catholic Charismatic
Renewal and Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops as Alternate Representative for Region V.
Since 1997, Bishop Kmiec has served on the Roman Catholic Dialogue
Committee with the Polish National Catholic Church. He currently chairs
In addition, Bishop Kmiec currently serves on the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops' Nominations Committee. He also serves on
the Bishops' Advisory Committee to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers,
Board of the Northeast Regional Office of Hispanic Affairs, and the
Board of Trustees of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake,
Bishop Kmiec is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the
Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland, the Kosciuszko
Foundation, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, and the American
Center of Polish Culture and the Pilsudski Institute of America. He is a
Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and Knight Commander of the Knights of
the Holy Sepulchre.
Bishop Kmiec has received a number of honors since arriving in Buffalo
in 2004. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Canisius College,
Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University, D'Youville College and
Hilbert College. The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation presented him
with the Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award and in 2007 he was given
the Cure of Ars Award for his service to Christ the King Seminary.