June 12, Bls Marian Konopiński, Joseph (Józef) Kut and Companions

June 12
In the Archdiocese of Poznań
Optional memorial

Marian Konopiński (1907-1943) was born on 10 September in Kluczewo. After graduating from the Archbishop’s Seminary in Gniezno as a diligent and model alumnus, he was ordained on 12 June 1932. In September 1939 he got arrested and placed in a POW camp in Hamburg. In May 1941 he was deported to the concentration camp in Dachau. After a period of forced labour, in November 1942, he was transported to a camp hospital where he served as a guinea-pig. Having suffered a lot, he died on 1 January 1943. In the opinion of his inmates he passed away as a martyr, offering his horrible suffering to God for the Church and homeland.

Joseph (Józef) Kutz (1905-1942) was born on 21 January in Sławno. Upon graduating from the Seminary in Poznań, he took holy orders on 16 June 1929. On 6 October 1941 he was arrested and put in Fort VII in Poznań, from where he was transported to Dachau on 30 October. He did not consent to the conditions of exemption (disavowal of ordination and signing the German national list). Exhausted to the limit, he died of hunger on 19 September 1942. In the opinion of his inmates he departed this world as a saint, heroically faithful to his vocation until death.

Vladimir (Włodzimierz) Laskowski (1886-1940) was born on 30 January in Rogoźno. Having graduated from the Seminary in Poznań, he was ordained on 1 March 1914. He was arrested on 15 March 1940 and placed in Fort VII in Poznań, from where he was carried off after eight days to the camp in Gusen. He was assaulted there on 8 August for being a priest. Among his fellow priests he was thought to have died as a saint priest-martyr.

Narcissus (Narcyz) Putz (1877-1942) was born on 28 October in Sieraków. After studies at the Seminary in Poznań, he took holy orders in 1902. He got arrested on 9 November 1939 and put in Fort VII in Poznań, from where he was taken to Dachau on 25 April 1940 (he spent a few month in the camp in Gusen as well). He bore his camp hell cheerfully, drawing strength from prayer. He died in the camp hospital on 5 December 1942 of exhaustion and illness. His death was perceived as martyrdom in the theological sense by his inmates.

Common of Several Martyrs.



From the bull “Incarnationis Mysterium” of indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.
Martyrdom as the proof of the truth of the faith

A sign of the truth of Christian love, ageless but especially powerful today, is the memory of the martyrs. Their witness must not be forgotten. They are the ones who have proclaimed the Gospel by giving their lives for love. The martyr, especially in our own days, is a sign of that greater love which sums up all other values. The martyr’s life reflects the extraordinary words uttered by Christ on the Cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). The believer who has seriously pondered his Christian vocation, including what Revelation has to say about the possibility of martyrdom, cannot exclude it from his own life’s horizon. The two thousand years since the birth of Christ are marked by the ever-present witness of the martyrs.

This century now drawing to a close has known very many martyrs, especially because of Nazism, Communism, and racial or tribal conflicts. People from every sector of society have suffered for their faith, paying with their blood for their fidelity to Christ and the Church, or courageously facing interminable years of imprisonment and privations of every kind because they refused to yield to an ideology which had become a pitiless dictatorial regime. From the psychological point of view, martyrdom is the most eloquent proof of the truth of the faith, for faith can give a human face even to the most violent of deaths and show its beauty even in the midst of the most atrocious persecutions.

Filled with grace during the coming Jubilee year, we shall be able with new strength to raise the hymn of thanksgiving to the Father, singing: Te martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. Yes, this is the host of those who “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev 7:14). For this reason the Church in every corner of the earth must remain anchored in the testimony of the martyrs and jealously guard their memory. May the People of God, confirmed in faith by the example of these true champions of every age, language and nation, cross with full confidence the threshold of the Third Millennium. In the hearts of the faithful, may admiration for their martyrdom be matched by the desire to follow their example, with God’s grace, should circumstances require it.


We are warriors now, fighting on the battlefield of faith, and God see all we do; the angels watch and so does Christ.
What honour and glory and joy, to do battle in the presence of God, and to have Christ approve our victory.

Let us arm ourselves in full strength and prepare ourselves for the ultimate struggle with blameless hearts, true faith and unyielding courage.
What honour and glory and joy, to do battle in the presence of God, and to have Christ approve our victory.


O almighty and eternal God,
you let the blessed Marian, Joseph, Vladimir, Narcissus, and their Companions participate in the passion of Christ,
help our weakness with your grace so that we, imitating the martyrs who did not hesitate to die for you, may bravely confess you with our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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