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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
Optional memorial

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.

Common of Several Martyrs.

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January 18, Bl Regina Protmann

January 18
In the Archdiocese of Warmia
BLESSED REGINA PROTMANN, VIRGIN
Optional memorial

Regina Protmann was born in 1552 in Braniewo (the Diocese of Warmia) in a pious and wealthy family who brought her up religiously and educated her well. Called and led by God’s grace, he left her home at 19 in order to dedicate herself to the life of prayer and penance in complete consecration to God. In 1571 she founded a contemplative-active congregation, without strict cloister, that performed three types of apostleship: caring for the sick and poor, educating children and teenagers, working for the Church. Her motto was, “As God wills.” Prompted by love of Jesus Christ, she tried to be like Him in the loving surrender to the heavenly Father’s will. She died on 18 January 1613 surrounded by her sisters. She was beatified on 13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

Common of Virgin.

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November 19, Bl Salomea

November 19
BLESSED SALOMEA, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial

Salomea, daughter of Leszek the White and sister of Boleslaus the Chaste, was born ca 1212. She married a Hungarian prince Coloman, with whom she live in a mariage blanc. After his death, she returned to Poland and in 1245 she entered the convent of Poor Clares in Zawichost, which was later transferred to Skała near Kraków. She lavishly endowed the convent. She died on 17 November 1268. Her relics are housed in the Franciscan church in Kraków.

Common of Virgins.

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November 18, Bl Caroline Kózka (Karolina Kózkówna)

November 18
BLESSED CAROLINE KÓZKA, VIRGIN and MARTYR
Obligatory memorial

Carloline Kózka (Karolina Kózkówna) was born in 1898 in a poor family of peasants in the village of Wał-Ruda of the Diocese of Tarnów. Since she was very young, she loved prayer and did her best to make her love of God grow. At the beginning of the I World War, on 18 November 1914, she died as a martyr at the hands of a Russian soldier, defending her chastity. John Paul II beatified her in Tarnów on 10 June 1987.

Common of One Martyr, or of Virgins.

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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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June 12, Bls Joseph (Józef) Achilles Puchała, Catherine Celestine (Katarzyna Celestyna) Faron, Stanislaus (Stanisław) Starowieyski and Companions

June 12
In the Archdiocese of Przemyśl
BLESSED JOSEPH ACHILLES PUCHAŁA, PRESBYTER, CATHERINE CELESTINE FARON, VIRGIN, STANISLAUS STAROWIEYSKI, and COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Obligatory memorial

Joseph Achilles (Józef Achilles) Puchała (1911-1943), a Franciscan. At the beginning of 1940 he took the deserted parish in Pierszaje in the Diocese of Pińsk. After a month the Gestapo came there to arrest a number of parishioners. The Franciscans told the commander of the military police, who wanted to give shelter to the parish priest and the vicar Fr Charles Herman Stępień, that “pastors cannot leave their faithful.” They joined the arrested and were taken to the village of Borowikowszczyzna, where they were murdered on 19 July 1943 in a stable.

Sister Catherine Celestine (Katarzyna Celestyna) Faron (1913-1944), member of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Right before the war she founded an orphanage in Brzozów where she served as a teacher. During the occupation she worked as a superior of the monastic house. She laid down her life as the expiation for the conversion of a lost priest of the same surname. After the war he returned to the Catholic Church. She prayed for her persecutors with the sisters. She passed away on Easter Sunday, 9 April 1944 in Auschwitz.

Stanislaus (Stanisław) Starowieyski (1895-1941), head of a family, talented organizer, lay apostle, president of Catholic Action in the Diocese of Lublin. He got arrested for his ministry in April 1940 and put in the concentration camp in Dachau, where he contributed to the conversion of the famous staunch atheist – Adam Sarbinowski. He departed this life at the Easter night, 13 April 1941. His inmates would say that “he was an apostle of the camp as well. He facilitated confession of many and was a source of spiritual help. He also organised material help, generously sharing what he had with the needy, regardless of the fact that his help was often abused.”

Common of Several Martyrs.

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November 14, Bl Mary Louise (Maria Luiza) Merkert

November 14
In the Diocese of Opole
BLESSED MARY LOUISE MERKERT, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial
In the Archdioceses of Katowice and Wrocław – Optional memorial

Mary Louise (Maria Luiza) was born on 21 September 1817 in Nysa in the Opole Silesia region. In 1842 along with three inhabitants of Nysa, she founded the Congregation, whose main aim was to care for the sick and deserted in their own houses. She was known for her love for God and neighbours, great mercy toward the sick, poor, deserted and orphaned, in whom she saw the face of Christ. She focused her internal life on the prayer and devotion to the Eucharist, the Sacred Heart, Virgin Mary and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, whom she chose as a patron saint the Congregation. She sensibly and fairly guided the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth for 22 years. Exhausted with toils and illnesses, she died in the odour of sanctity on 14 November 1872.

Common of Virgins.

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November 11, St Victoria (Wiktoria)

November 11
In the Diocese of Łowicz
SAINT VICTORIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
Primary patron saint of the diocese – Solemnity

Pope Urban VIII donated the relics of Saint Victoria to Primate Henryk Firlej who ceremoniously introduced them to the Łowicz collegiate church in 1625. Saint Victoria of Rome died a martyr most likely in the times of emperor Diocletian, at the end of the 3rd century. Her cult dates back to the 6th century. Since the donation of her relics, Saint Victoria has been venerated in Poland as the patron of the town and the Duchy of Łowicz.

Common of One Martyr, or of Virgins.

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October 10, Bl Mary Angela (Maria Angela) Truszkowska

October 10
BLESSED MARY ANGELA TRUSZKOWSKA, VIRGIN
Optional memorial
In the Diocese of Kalisz – Obligatory memorial

Mary Angela was born in Kalisz on 16 May 1825. Since childhood she would tend to the needs of the Church and neighbours. In 1854 Fr Honoratus Koźmiński, a Capuchin, became her spiritual director. Supported by him, she founded the Congregation of Felician Sisters. After the January Uprising the Congregation moved to Kraków and there began its quick development. In 1869 Mother Mary Angela, due to the loss of hearing, resigned from the position of mother superior and devoted next years to praying and attempting to obtain the official approval of the Congregation. She died on 10 October 1899. She was beatified in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.

Common of Virgins.

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October 5, St Faustina (Faustyna) Kowalska

October 5
(In the Diocese of Włocławek: October 6)
SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial

Sister Faustina (Helena Kowalska) was born on 25 August 1905 in Głogowiec near Łódź in a large family of peasants. After a few years of serving rich families she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the convent she zealously fulfilled the duties of a cook, gardener and gatekeeper. Her spiritual life was extremely rich and full of mystical gifts. Her mission consisted in reminding the world of the truth of merciful love of God, as well as establishing new forms of the cult of the Divine Mercy, initialising the religious renewal of this devotion. She died on 5 October 1938 in Kraków. The diary of her soul is said to be one of the most influential works of mystical literature. Pope John Paul II beatified her in Rome in 1993, and canonised her in 2000.

Common of Virgins.

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