Above: The Entrance to Auschwitz
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BLESSED KAZIMIERZ TOMASZ SYKULSKI (DECEMBER 29, 1882-DECEMBER 11, 1942)
Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
Our saint, born at Konskie, Poland, was a son of Michael and Tekla Cybinskich. He attended seminary at Sandomierz, Poland. Sykulski, ordained to the priesthood in 1905, studied theology at the Roman Catholic academy at St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1908 to 1911. He served at various parishes in Poland before becoming a military chaplain during the 1920 Russian-Polish war. In 1921 he became the pastor of the Cathedral of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Radom.
From 1939 to 1941 Sykulski helped refugees. Then, on October 1, 1941, Nazis arrested him. At first they imprisoned him at Radom. Then they sent him to Auschwitz. There, on December 11, 1942, guards shot him for insisting on preaching Christianity. He was 59 years old.
Pope John Paul II beatified Sykulski in 1999.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
OCTOBER 24, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF HENRY CLAY SHUTTLEWORTH, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF DANIEL C. ROBERTS, EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER
Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women
who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.
Inspire us with the memory of Blessed Kazimierz Tomasz Sykulski,
whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross,
and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives
to your Son’s victory over sin and death,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59