Category Archives: Presbyter

August 17, St Hyacinth (Jacek)

August 17
SAINT HYACINTH, PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial
In the Province of Upper Silesia: Primary patron saint of the province – Solemnity
In the Archdiocese of Kraków: Patron saint of the archdiocese – Feast

Hyacinth (Jacek) was born in Kamień in Silesia at the end of the 17th century. Having studied in Paris and Bologna, he became priest and canon in Kraków. Accompanying bishop Ivo on his journey to Rome, he met St Dominic and was invested by him together with Bl Ceslaus. Upon returning to Kraków, he founded there the first Dominican monastery in Poland. He would embark on a number of missionary journeys to Ruthenia, Prussia and borderlands of Lithuania. Exhausted by this work, he died in Kraków on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in 1257.

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November 20, Bl Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński

December 2
BLESSED RAPHAEL CHYLIŃSKI, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial
In the Archdiocese of Łódź – Obligatory memorial

Raphael (Rafał) Chyliński was born in the village of Wysoczka near Poznań n 1694. After military service, he entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and received ordination in 1717. He stated at various monasteries. He combined love of God with heroic dedication to the service of the poor, sick and afflicted. He died in Łagiewniki near Łódź on 2 December 1741.

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November 20, St Raphael (Rafał) Kalinowski

November 20
SAINT RAPHAEL KALINOWSKI, PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial

Raphael, born Joseph (Józef) Kalinowski in Vilnius in 1835. He was well brought up and educated, eventually becoming an army engineer. After the outbreak of the uprising of 1863, he joined the fight as one of the leaders. Taken captive by Russians, he was sentenced to exile and 10 years of forced labour in Siberia. After Poland had regained independence, he was the teacher of Bl August Czartoryski. In 1877 he entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites and was ordained in 1882. He renewed the life of his order in Poland. He died in Wadowice on 15 November 1907. John Paul II beatified him in 1983, and in 1991 he was declared saint.

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October 19, Bl George (Jerzy) Popiełuszko

October 19
In the Archdiocese of Warszawa and Dioceses of Legnica, Warszawa-Praga and Military Ordinariate
BLESSED GEORGE POPIEŁUSZKO, PRESBYTER and MARTYR
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George (Jerzy) Popiełuszko was born on 14 September 1947 in the village of Okopy in Podlasie. After having been ordained by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński on 28 May 1972, he was an ardent pastor of the working class, health service, the poor and persecuted. In 1980-1984 he became known for celebrating “Holy Masses for the fatherland” in St Stanislaus Kostka Church in Żoliborz. In on of the hardest times in the history of Poland (martial law and communism), he embraced all people without exception with his pastoral love, calling on them to reconcile and overcome evil with good. He was murdered on 19 October 1984 for faith and the Church by the officers of the Security Service. Numerous people have visited his tomb since his burial.

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October 12, Bl John (Jan) Beyzym

October 12
BLESSED JOHN BEYZYM, PRESBYTER
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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September 19, Bl Gerhard Hirschfelder

September 19
In the Diocese of Świdnica
BLESSED GERHARD HIRSCHFELDER, PRESBYTER and MARTYR
Optional memorial

Bl Gerhard Hirschfelder was born on 17 February 1907 in Kłodzko (Silesia). On 31 January 1932 he was ordained presbyter of the county of Kłodzko, which then belonged to the Archdiocese of Prague. As a vicar and pastor of young people, due to his uncompromising involvement in the issues of youth, he came into conflict with authorities. He got arrested on the grounds of the sermon in which he said, “Anyone who tears faith out of the hearts of young people is a criminal,” and then deported to the concentration camp in Dachau. He died there on 1 August 1942 because of maltreatment, undernourishment and loss of strength.

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September 7, Bl Ignatius (Ignacy) Kłopotowski

September 7
In the Archdiocese of Lublin and Diocese of Warszawa-Praga
BLESSED IGNATIUS KŁOPOTOWSKI
Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Katowice and Dioceses of Drohiczyn and Siedlce – Optional memorial

Ignatius (Ignacy) Kłopotowski was born in 1866 in Korzeniówka in Podlasie. After ordination he was a pastor in Lublin for 17 years and then moved to Warsaw. Since 1919 till the end of his life he was the parish priest of Our Lady of Loreto parish by St Florian church – currently the cathedral of the Diocese of Warszawa-Praga. He was known for his extraordinary activity and unusual dedication in the service to other people. He founded a number of charitable organisations. Convinced that the most efficient way of evangelizing is print, he would publish religious leaflets and Catholic press. In order to assure the continuity of his apostleship, he founded the Congregation of Sister of Our Lady of Loreto. He died on 7 September 1931. He beatification took place on 19 June 2005 in Warsaw on Benedict XVI’s behalf.

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September 7, St Melchior Grodziecki

September 7
SAINT MELCHIOR GRODZIECKI, PRESBYTER AND MARTYR
Optional memorial
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec – Obligatory memorial

Melchior was born in Cieszyn in 1582. He entered the Society of Jesus and as a priest of this order, he worked in Prague and Košice. In Košice he cooperated with István Pongrácz, a Jesuit from Hungary, and Marko Krizin, a canon from Croatia. George I Rákóczi, having conquered Košice, imprisoned these priests and had them tortured and murdered on 7 September 1619.

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July 20, Bl Ceslaus (Czesław)

July 20
BLESSED CESLAUS, PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial

Ceslaus (Czesław) was born ca 1180. Being already a priest, he entered the Order of Preachers and was invested with a habit by St Dominic. He proclaimed the Word of God in Bohemia and Poland. He founded monasteries in Prague and Wrocław. He died on 15 July 1242. He is patron saint of the Archdiocese of Wrocław and Diocese of Opole.

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June 12, Bl Roman Sitko and Companions

June 12
In the Diocese of Tarnów
BLESSED ROMAN SITKO, PRESBYTER, and COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Obligatory memorial

Roman Sitko (1880-1942), rector of the Seminary in Tarnów, zealous pastor and teacher of alumni. Regardless of the occupant’s prohibition and risk of death, he secretly continued the formation of clerics, for which he got deported to the extermination camp. He died in Auschwitz on 17 October 1942.

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