Category Archives: Religious

January 5, Bl Mary Marcellina (Maria Marcelina) Darowska

January 5
In the Diocese of Łowicz
Optional memorial

Marcellina Darowska, née Kotowicz, was born on 16 January 1827 in Szulaki (currently in Belarus). In 1857, with Josephine (Józefa) Karska, she co-founded, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose aim was to renew family life by means of educating women. In 1863 she moved to Jazłowiec in the Archdiocese of Lviv. She bequeathed the developing congregation a spirituality based on a search for God alone in truth, selflessness and fulfilling God’s will modelled upon the Immaculate Virgin. She provided the educational centres of her sisters with an original system of teaching and educating. She died on 5 January 1911 in Jazłowiec. She was declared blessed by John Paul II in 1996.

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November 25, Bl Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Maria od Pana Jezusa Dobrego Pasterza)

November 25
Optional memorial

Mary (Maria), was born Franciszka (Frances) Siedliska in Roszkowa Wola in 1842. Since she was very young of age, she felt the desire to dedicate herself to God. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She was known for great love of God and the neighbour. She died in Rome on 21 November 1902. John Paul II declared her blessed in 1989.

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October 26, Bl Celine (Celina) Borzęcka

October 26
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec
Optional memorial

Celine (Celina) Borzęcka, née Chludzińska, was born in Antowil (today in Belarus) in 1833. Since she was young, she wished to devote herself to God in religious life. However, obedient to her parents, she married Józef Borzęcki. After his death, together with her two daughters she went to Rome, where she decided on the spiritual guidance of Fr Piotr Semenenko, CR, which was based on the Paschal Mystery. On 6 January 1891 she and her daughter, Hedwig (Jadwiga), made the profession and founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection of the Lord. Aspiring to renew the society, she was open to the educational, missionary and ecumenical needs of the Church. She died in Kraków on 26 October 1913.

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June 15, Bl Yolanda (Jolanta)

June 15
Obligatory memorial

Yolanda, daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary, arrived in Kraków at the court of her sister Cunegunda as a few-year-old girl. Educated there, she married Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Kalisz, in 1256. As a model wife and mother, she raised their children on her own and had a good influence on her surrounding. She and her husband either founded or endow numerous Franciscan monasteries. She took care of the poor and orphans. After her husband’s death in 1279, both she and her sister Cunegunda entered the convent of the Poor Clares in Stary Sącz. After the death of St Cunegunda, she moved to the convent in Gniezno, where she died in an odour of sanctity in 1298.

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September 25, Bl Ladislaus of Gielniów (Władysław z Gielniowa)

September 25
Obligatory memorial

Ladislaus (Władysław) was born in Gielniów near Opoczno about 1440. He was educated in the Kraków Academy. In the Order of Bernardines, which he had joined, he became known as an extraordinary preacher and creator of religious songs in Polish. He was famous for his great sanctity and special devotion to the Lord’s Passion that he preached about. He was a provincial superior twice. He spent the last years of his life as a guardian in Warsaw. He died in 1505. Pope John XXIII made him patron of Warsaw.

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September 18, St Stanislaus (Stanisław) Kostka

September 18
Patron Saint of Poland
and the Archdiocese of Warszawa and the Diocese of Płock

Stanislaus was born in Rostkowo in Masovia at the end of December 1550. Brought up in a religious household, he was known for deep piety. Together with his brother he was sent to Jesuit schools in Vienna. Miraculously healed of a serious disease by the Blessed Mother, he decided to join the Society of Jesus. To do so, he left Vienna in secret in 1567 and across Dillingen he went to Rome, where he was accepted as a novice by Saint Francis Borgia. He died in Rome at the night of 14-15 August 1568 in the odour of sanctity. He was canonised by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.

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June 17, St Albert Chmielowski

June 17
Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Sosnowiec: primary patron of the diocese – Solemnity

Adam Chmielowski was born in Igołomia, near Kraków in 1845. He participated in the January Uprising, during which he lost his leg. After becoming a graduate in painting, he started working as an artist. At the height of his artistic powers, he decided to give up painting and devoted himself to serving the poor, eventually founding the Congregation of Brothers and Sisters Servants of the Poor. He died in Kraków in 1916. He was beatified in 1983 and canonised by Pope John Paul II on 12 November 1989.

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