Monthly Archives: May 2014

June 26, St Sigismund (Zygmunt) Gorazdowski

June 26
Optional memorial

Sigismund (Zygmunt) Gorazdowski was born in Sanok in 1845. He gave up studying law and entered the Seminary in Lviv. After ordination in 1871, he commenced eager work in chaplaincy, charity, editing and publishing. He undertook many an initiative in helping the poor and suffering, especially by founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. He died in 1920.

Common of Pastors.
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June 25, Bl Dorothea of Montau (Dorota z Mątowów)

June 25
In the Archdiocese of Gdańsk
Optional memorial
In the Dioceses of Warmia and Elbląg – Obligatory memorial

Blessed Dorothea was born in Great Montau (Mątowy Wielkie) in 1347. As a young woman she was wedded and gave birth to 9 children. Being a precautious housewife, she consistently strove for Christian perfection. After her husband’s death, she went to Kwidzyn to get spiritual guidance from the renowned theologian Johannes of Marienwerder. Having his permission, she established a hermit’s cell against the wall of the cathedral and devoted her life to prayer and penance. She died on 25 June 1394.

Common of Holy Women.

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June 25, Our Lady of Święta Góra in Gostyń (Najświętszej Maryi Panny Świętogórskiej z Gostynia)

June 25
In the Archdiocese of Poznań
Obligatory memorial

From the late 15th century a shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary has existed in Gostyń, which is the heart of her cult in the Archdiocese of Poznań. The stately church of the Immaculate Conception was consecrated in 1698. The benevolent image was crowned on 24 June 1928.

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, except:

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June 21, Our Lady of Opole (Najświętszej Maryi Panny Opolskiej)

June 21
In the Diocese of Opole
Obligatory memorial

The benevolent painting of Our Lady of Opole housed in the Opole Cathedral dates back to the late 15th century. Until 1702 it was venerated in Piekary. In the 17th century the cult of Our Lady of Opole spread across the neighbouring Czech territory reaching as far as Prague. The rebirth, or even the increase, of the cult occurred after World War II when the Diocese of Opole had been created. In 1974 Our Lady of Opole was named the primary patroness of Opole. Her feast was extended to the entire diocese after the ceremonious coronation of the painting carried out by Pope John Paul II on 21 June 1983 on the Saint Anne’s Hill.

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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June 17, St Albert Chmielowski

June 17
Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Sosnowiec: primary patron of the diocese – Solemnity

Adam Chmielowski was born in Igołomia, near Kraków in 1845. He participated in the January Uprising, during which he lost his leg. After becoming a graduate in painting, he started working as an artist. At the height of his artistic powers, he decided to give up painting and devoted himself to serving the poor, eventually founding the Congregation of Brothers and Sisters Servants of the Poor. He died in Kraków in 1916. He was beatified in 1983 and canonised by Pope John Paul II on 12 November 1989.

Common of Holy Men Who Practiced Works of Mercy.
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June 14, Bl Michael (Michał) Kozal

June 14
Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Bydgoszcz: patron of the diocese – Obligatory memorial

Michael Kozal was born in 1893 in Nowy Folwark near Krotoszyn. He was a presbyter of the Archdiocese of Gniezno. In 1939 he became suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Włocławek. In November of the same year he got arrested by the German police and was eventually placed in the concentration camp Dachau, where he spiritually supported his inmates. In the beginning of 1943 he contracted typhoid and on 26 January was killed with a lethal injection. On 14 June 1987 Pope John Paul II beatified him as a martyr.

Common of One Martyr, or of Pastors.
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June 11, Radom Cathedral

June 11
In the Diocese of Radom
In the Cathedral – Solemnity

The Diocese of Radom was created by Pope John Paul II with the papal bull Totus Tuus Poloniae Populus on 25 March 1992. The current Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary was designed by the architect Józef Dziekoński in 1896. It was built between 1899 and 1908. The first Holy Mass in front of the temple under construction was celebrated by Bishop Marian Ryx in 1906. The consecration took place on 22 November 1908 by Rev Mgr Piotr Górski. The Virgin Mary Parish was founded on 28 April 1921 by Bishop Marian Ryx, and Fr Kazimierz Sykulski, later beatified among 108 Polish martyrs by Pope John Paul II on 13 June 1999, became its first rector. The ceremonious consecration led by Servant of God Bishop Piotr Gołębiowski was held on 9 June 1962.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

June 10, Bl Bogumilus (Bogumił)

June 10
Obligatory memorial
In the Archdioceses of Gniezno and Poznań and Diocese of Włocławek: Patron of the archdiocese and diocese – Obligatory memorial

He lived in the 12th century. He was born in the village of Koźmin. In 1167, he became Archbishop of Gniezno. He was involved in the missionary work in Prussia. In 1170, he relinquished the office of Archbishop and set off to be a hermit on the Warta and Ner Rivers near the village of Dobrów. He was known for his gift of prayer and teaching the poor. He died on 10 June 1182 and was buried in Dobrów. Venerated since the Middle Ages, he was beatified by the Holy See on 27 May 1925.

Common of Pastors, except:

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June 9, Lublin Archcathedral

June 9
In the Archdiocese of Lublin
In the Archcathedral – Solemnity

The present-day Metropolitan Cathedral was initially the temple of the Society of Jesus. It was generously furnished by Polish kings: Stephen Báthory and Sigismund III, and consecrated on 25 April 1604 by the Bishop of Kraków, Bernard Maciejowski. After the dissolution of the congregation, the church was given to Trinitarians. Afterwards, it fell into disrepair and was used as a granary and military depot. After the creation of the Diocese of Lublin in 1805, the church was restored and consecrated. In 1992 it was elevated to the status of the metropolitan cathedral when Pope John Paul II had created the Archdiocese of Lublin.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

June 9, Warszawa Archcathedral Basilica

June 9
In the Archdiocese of Warszawa
In the Archcathedral Basilica – Solemnity

The ceremonial consecration of the cathedral, rebuilt from scratch after World War II, was led the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński on behalf of Pope John XXIII on 9 June 1960. The status of minor basilica was granted in 1961.

Common of Dedication of a Church.

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