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September 4, Bl Guida (Gwidona) Cierpka and Companions

September 4
In the Diocese of Kalisz
BLESSED GUIDA CIERPKA and COMPANIONS, VIRGINS and MARTYRS
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Bl Helen (Helena) Cierpka, name in religion: Maria Guida of the Divine Mercy, was born on 11 April 1900 in Granowiec (the district of Odolanów). On 17 February 1927 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. After the novitiate in Grodno, she made simple vows. In 1936 she took solemn vows, receiving the mystery of the Divine Mercy. After her profession she left for Nowogródek. In July 1943, along with her sisters, she voluntarily offered a sacrifice to God, giving up her life for 120 inhabitants of Nowogródek, imprisoned by the Nazi occupant invader. She was executed on 1 August 1943 with 10 sisters. She was beatified by John Paul II in Rome on 5 March 2000.

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June 5, Bl Margaret Lucy (Małgorzata Łucja) Szewczyk, Virgin

June 5
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec
BLESSED MARGARET LUCY SZEWCZYK, VIRGIN
Optional memorial

She was born in 1828 in Szeptówka in Volyn (current Ukraine). At 20, she entered the Third Franciscan Order and made private vows of the evangelical councils. In 1870-1873 she served sick pilgrims in Jerusalem. Afterwards, she went to Zakroczym. Having participated in a retreat led by Bl Honoratus Koźmiński, she rented a flat and began gathering poor and sick elderly women whom she took care of devotedly. In 1881, with the aid of Bl Honoratus, she founded the Congregation, which with time came to be known as the Daughters of the Sorrowful Mother of God – Seraphic Sisters. After 10 years, she moved to Galicia. She built a convent in Oświęcim which became the General House of the congregation whose aim is to bring help to the deserted and sick, as well as to educate the children of orphanages and shelters in the religious spirit. She died in the odour of sanctity on 5 June 1905.

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January 19, St Joseph (Józef) Sebastian Pelczar

January 19
SAINT JOSEPH SEBASTIAN PELCZAR, BISHOP
Obligatory memorial
In the Diocese of Rzeszów:
Primary Patron Saint of the Diocese – Solemnity

Joseph Sebastian (Józef Sebastian) Pelczar was born on 17 January 1842 in Korczyna (the Diocese of Przemyśl). Brought up in a religious atmosphere, he entered the seminary and was ordained in 1864. After studying in Rome, he was the prefect of the Seminary of Przemyśl and in 1877-1899 professor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. As a priest and professor he was known for an enthusiasm and devotion for the Blessed Sacrament, Heart of God and Blessed Virgin Mary, which he expressed in his service as a pastor and writer. Worried about the immoral conduct of girls, as well as the sick and poor, he founded the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1894 in Kraków. In 1899 he became auxiliary bishop and in 1900 diocesan bishop of Przemyśl. He died in the odour of sanctity on 28 March 1924, after 25 years of ardent service as a bishop. John Paul II declared him blessed in 1991, and canonised him in Rome on 18 May 2003.

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January 5, Bl Mary Marcellina (Maria Marcelina) Darowska

January 5
In the Diocese of Łowicz
BLESSED MARY MARCELLINA DAROWSKA, RELIGOUS
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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
BLESSED MARY of JESUS the GOOD SHEPHERD (FRANCISZKA SIEDLISKA), RELIGIOUS
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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.

Common of Religious.

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November 20, St Raphael (Rafał) Kalinowski

November 20
SAINT RAPHAEL KALINOWSKI, PRESBYTER
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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 26, Bl Celine (Celina) Borzęcka

October 26
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec
BLESSED CELINE BORZĘCKA, RELIGIOUS
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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October 12, Bl John (Jan) Beyzym

October 12
BLESSED JOHN BEYZYM, PRESBYTER
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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 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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July 6, Bl Mary Theresa (Maria Teresa) Ledóchowska

July 6
BLESSED MARY THERESA LEDÓCHOWSKA, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial

Mary Theresa was born on 29 April 1863 in Loosdorf in Austria. She grew up in a deeply religious home. At 27, she gave up her post of lady-in-waiting, her literary and organisational talents and dedicated herself to the work of the African missions. He made her profession as the first member of the missionary Sodality of St Peter Claver, which she had founded. She died on 6 July  1922 in Rome and was buried there. He is the patroness saint of the missions in Poland.

Common of Virgins.

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