October 12, Bl John (Jan) Beyzym

October 12
Optional memorial

John (Jan) Beyzym was born on 15 May 1850 in Volyn. At 22, he entered the Jesuit Order in Stara Wieś near Brzozów. Since ordination he worked as a teacher and carer of youths for 10 years. At 48, we went to Madagascar to work among lepers to whom he dedicated all his strengths, abilities and heart. He died of exhaustion in Marana on 2 October 1912. John Paul II declared him blessed on 18 August 2002 in Kraków.

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From a letter by Blessed John Beyzym, presbyter
(Letter to Fr Martin Czermiński SJ, Fianarantsoa, 17 September 1911, in: C. Drążek SJ, Posługacz trędowatych, Kraków 1995, pp. 190-197)
The Blessed Virgin herself founded this hospital and carries out this work

Finally, by grace of God, my paupers moved to the finished hospital on 16 August 1911. I hasten to let you know about this, Father, and ask you to publish this letter in the issue of the “Catholic Missions” to inform all of our benefactors.

We have given thanks to Our Lady and have been thanking here ever since for the grace she grated us by giving such a good shelter. Now, on behalf of all the lepers who have already stayed at the hospital, as well as those who will in the future, may God bless you a hundredfold, dear Father, for taking care of the lot of the miserable lepers so ardently and all our gracious benefactors for their charity and generous alms. May Our Lady reward in her own manner each and every one  of you for all you have done for us.

We repay you all, inasmuch as we can, in our unworthy prayers – I during the Holy Mass and my black kids in the Communion, Rosary, etc. Apart from our communal prayers, we also have specifically chosen people who every week in turn receive the Communion and recite the chapel exclusively for our benefactors, both dead and alive. Briefly, we do what and how we can to repay all our benefactors who have supported us in any way; yet since there is so little we can do, Our Mother shall make up for us her way, of which I am sure, because this hospital is only her work.

 We began the work of civilizing from God. In the morning, while the bell is ringing, the superior of the dormitory says aloud, “Praised be Jesus Christ!” and all the rest, both Catholic and pagan, reply, “for ever and ever. Amen.” The same happens before they fall asleep, when the light is put out – firstly, they praise Jesus and then proceed to sleep.

The attitude of the sick in generally very good, they feel drawn to God, are absolutely obedient and willing. God help us that it last. I do hope that it will be so, for it is Mary herself who always governs us all.

Father, you know well the construction of this hospital up until today. It then seems to me that you share the opinion that it is not human work, but it is Our Lady herself who founded this hospital and carries out this work. Everyone here who know something about this issue unanimously claim the same.

I humbly ask for an aid all that would like to save the miserable lepers (of both flesh and spirit) for the love of Jesus and His Blessed Mother; there is a multitude of paupers here in Madagascar. Once again, on behalf of us all, giving thanks to Our Lady from the bottom of my heart for her graces she has showered us with, I thank you, dearest Father, and all our benefactors for everything you have done for us. May Our Lady make it up for you in her way.[1]

RESPONSORY Psalm 41:2; Proverbs 14:21

Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak.
The Lord will save him in the day of evil.

Happy is he who is kind to the poor.
The Lord will save him in the day of evil.


O God, Father of all comfort,
you called Blessed John (Beyzym), presbyter, to heroic love in the service of lepers,
grant, we beg you, that we ardently proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all peoples in the spirit of the same love.
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.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 8 iunii 2004, Prot. n. 1955/03/L et die 28 februarii 2005. Prot 213/05/L.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2016).


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