In the Archdiocese of Lublin
BLESSED LADISLAUS GORAL, BISHOP, CASIMIR GOSTYŃSKI, ANTHONY ZAWISTOWSKI, STANISLAUS MYSAKOWSKI, PRESBYTERS, and COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Ladislaus (Władysław) Goral (1898-1945), auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Lublin. He was arrested by the Gestapo as soon as November 1939 and sentenced to death. After the intervention of the Holy See, the sentence was mitigated to life. In the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen he was kept in a bunker. He died of exhaustion just before the liberation in April 1945.
Casimir (Kazimierz) Gostyński (1884-1942), exceptionally zealous pastor, teacher, carer of scouts. He got arrested for pastoral activities in January 1940 and taken off to the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen and then to Dachau. He would say, “Since Christ suffered, we too, imitating Him, should accept suffering.” Ruined by hunger, forced to superhuman labour and tortures, he was sent to the invalid block, from where he was taken to die in a gas chamber on 6 May 1942.
Anthony (Antoni) Zawistowski (1882-1941), professor of theology in the Lublin Seminary, ardent pastor, valued confessor and preacher. Having been arrested in November 1939, he was put in the concentration camp in Dachau. Although he himself suffered a lot, he attempted to bring help to his inmates. During his homilies in the camp he told the priests, “We are here because of our faith, the Church and homeland. For these we consciously lay down our lives.” He died in Dachau on 4 June 1942 of exhaustion and continual maltreatment of the guards.
Stanislaus (Stanisław) Mysakowski (1896-1942), catechist from Lublin, devoted to self-sacrificing works of mercy among the poor, old and handicapped. Arrested in November 1939, together with a group of Lublin priests, he was soon sentenced to death and carried off to Sachsenhausen and then Dachau. He was often tortured with extreme cruelty. On 14 October 1942 he was taken out of the camp in a so-called invalid transport to be gassed. He was said to be “one of the few in the camp who with their spiritual power would save the inmates from total humiliation and degradation of humanness.”
Common of Several Martyrs.
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