Monthly Archives: January 2014

February 1, Gniezno Archcathedral Basilica

February 1
In the Archdiocese of Gniezno
The DEDICATION of the ARCHCATHEDRAL BASILICA in GNIEZNO
Feast
In the Archcathedral Basilica – Solemnity

Prince Mieszko I built a church in Gniezno and king Boleslaus the Brave placed St Adalbert’s relics there. The church became the cathedral of Poland’s first metropolitan bishop – Blessed Radim Gaudentius. A number of coronations of Polish kings were held in the Gniezno Cathedral. In the 14th century the magnificent Gothic temple was built in place of the Romanesque cathedral. In the 17th century it was redesigned in the Baroque style. The Cathedral was granted basilica status by Pope Pius XI. Destroyed during World War II, the Cathedral was rebuilt and Gothicised.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

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January 30, Świdnica Cathedral

January 30
In the Diocese of Świdnica
The DEDICATION of the CATHEDRAL in ŚWIDNICA
Feast
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

The Church of St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, and St Wenceslaus, Martyr, was founded in the 14th century by Prince Bolko II of Świdnica. The construction of the church, being the late-Gothic basilica with a nave and two aisles, took over 150 years. In 1532 the fire destroyed the interior. At the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries Jesuits gave it a new Baroque decor. It is the highest church of Lower Silesia. After the establishment of the Diocese of Świdnica, on 25 March 2004, it became cathedral of the new diocese.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

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January 30, Bl Bronislao (Bronisław) Markiewicz

January 30
in the Archdiocese of Przemyśl
BLESSED BRONISLAO (BRONISŁAW) MARKIEWICZ, PRESBYTER
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Bronislao Markiewicz was born on 13 July 1842 in Pruchnik in the Diocese of Przemyśl. He was ordained to priesthood on 15 September 1867. In 1885, after eighteen years of fervent and fruitful pastoral work in his diocese, he joined the Salesians and became a student of St John Bosco. In 1897 he founded two congregations: Sisters of St Michael the Archangel and Fathers of St Michael the Archangel. Filled with love for God and man, acting in the spirit of “temperance and work,” he devoted his whole life to forgotten and alienated orphans, poor children and deserted and morally neglected teenagers. He died after arduous and pious life on 19 January 1912.

Common of Pastors.

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January 29, Bl Boleslava Mary Lament

January 29
BLESSED BOLESLAVA MARY LAMENT, VIRGIN
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In the Archdiocese of Białystok –
Obligatory memorial

Boleslava (Bolesława) Lament was born on 3 July 1862 in Łowicz. Deeply moved by the lack of unity in the Church, she founded the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family in 1905 in Mogilev, Belarus. Its particular aim was to work toward the unity of Christians and to strengthen Catholics’ faith. She was known for her love for the Eucharist and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as her apostolic and ecumenical zeal. She died in Białystok on 29 January 1946.

Common of Virgins.

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January 27, Bl George (Jerzy) Matulaitis-Matulewicz

January 27
BLESSED GEORGE (JERZY) MATULAITIS-MATULEWICZ, BISHOP
Obligatory memorial

Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz was born in 1871 in Lūginė near Marijampolė, in a Lithuanian family. He became a presbyter of the Diocese of Kielce. He worked in Warsaw and in Saint Petersburg. He renewed the Marian Order and founded two female congregations. In the years 1918-1925 he was Bishop of Vilnius, and then an apostolic visitor in Lithuania, where he died in 1927.

Common of Pastors.

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