In the Archdiocese of Kalisz
BLESSED FRANCIS STRYJAS and COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Francis (Franciszek) Stryjas (1882-1944) was born on 26 January in Popów, the Iwanowice parish. Since he was young, he had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary. After the outbreak of the II World War, when German occupation authorities had shut down the churches in Chełmce, Godziesze and Opatówek and sent the priest from Chełmce to the concentration camp in Dachau, he undertook to teach the children of the neighbouring parishes in secret to prepare them for the First Communion. With real devotion, risking his life, he managed to prepare about 300 children in almost 3 years for the First Communion in St Gotthard parish in Kalisz. He got arrested for his activities on 20 July 1944. He was interrogated and tortured. He died on 31 July 1944 in the Gestapo headquarters in Kalisz.
Common of Several Martyrs.
Continue reading June 12, Bl Francis (Franciszek) Stryjas and Companions
BLESSED EDMUND BOJANOWSKI
In the Archdioceses of Poznań and Wrocław – Obligatory memorial
Edmund Bojanowski was born on 14 November 1814 in Grabonóg in the Archdiocese of Poznań. A nobleman, patriot and devotee – he chose the path of celibacy to be freer and of service for the Kingdom of God. He interpreted the earthly reality in the Evangelical spirit, and, forgetting himself, he especially helped the neglected people in the countryside. In 1850 he founded the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He realised the common call to sainthood, serving as a role-model of the lay apostolate. He was the precursor of Vatican II. He died on 7 August 1871 in Górka Duchowna. He is a pioneer of lay apostolate closely cooperating with the Church hierarchy.
Common of Holy Men.
Continue reading August 7, Bl Edmund Bojanowski
SAINT CASIMIR (KAZIMIERZ) JAGIELLON, PRINCE
In the Province of Białystok and the Diocese of Radom:
Primary patron saint of the province and diocese – Solemnity
In the Archdiocese of Kraków: Patron saint of the archdiocese – Feast
Casimir was a son of King Casimir Jagiellon. He was born in 1458. He was known for his chastity and mercy to the poor. Alongside his father he actively participated in the political life of the country. A fervent venerator of the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary, he devoted much time to prayer. He died after a long-lasting lung disease in 1484.
Common of Holy Men, except:
Continue reading March 4, St Casimir Jagiellon (Kazimierz Jagiellończyk)