A New Dominican Cardinal

Dominik Jaroslav Duka

On January 6th, Pope Benedict announced the creation of 22 new cardinals; among them is Mgr Dominik Jaroslav Duka, O.P., Archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic.

Dominik Duka was born on 26 April 1943 in Hradec Kralove. He joined the Dominican Order, making his temporary profession on January 6, 1969, and was ordained priest on the 22nd of June the next year.

For five years he worked in several parishes in Prague, and made his solemn profession in the Order on January 7, 1972.
In 1975 he was deprived of authorization to exercise his priestly ministry, and was forced to work as a designer in a car factory in Plzen until the fall of Communism in 1989. Meanwhile, he worked in secret as master of novices and professor of theology. He was imprisoned in Plzen between 1981 and 1982.
From 1986-98 he was Provincial of the Dominican Province of in Bohemia. He was elected president of the Federal Conference of Major Superiors and, from 1992 to 1996 was vice-president of the Union of European Conferences of Major Superiors.
From 1990 to 1999 he was a professor in the faculty of theology of Palacky University in Olomouc. On June 6, 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Hradec Kralove. He was ordained bishop on 26 September 1998. On 13 February 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as archbishop of Prague.
He will receive his cardinal’s insignia in a ceremony to be held in Rome on February 18 and 19, 2012.