Above: Blessed Ludwik Bartosik
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BLESSED LUDWIK BARTOSIK (AUGUST 21, 1909-DECEMBER 12/13, 1941)
Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
Blessed Ludwik Bartosik was a confessor and a martyr.
Our saint, a native of Kokanin, Poland, came from an impoverished family. His parents were Wiktoria Tomczyk and Wojciech Bartosik, a shoemaker. The parish priest helped Ludwik obtain a good education, fortunately. Our saint joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and took the name “Pius” in 1926. He studied at Franciscan seminaries in Poland. Bartosik, ordained to the priesthood and became a confessor at the abbey at Krosno, Poland, in 1935. The following year, at the request of St. Maximilian Kolbe, he transferred to the abbey at Niepokalanow, Poland, in late 1936. He wrote a volume of Mariology, edited church magazines, and served as a confessor to his fellow friars.
Bartosik’s life changed on September 19, 1939, after the invasion of Poland. Eventually he wound up at Auschwitz, where he heard the confessions of many of his fellow prisoners. During the night of December 12 and 13, 1941, guards tortured him to death.
Pope John Paul II beatified Bartosik in 1999.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
OCTOBER 25, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF HERBERT STANLEY OAKELEY, COMPOSER
THE FEAST OF SAINT PROCLUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE; AND SAINT RUSTICUS, BISHOP OF NARBONNE
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 Ludwik Bartosik,
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