Above: Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Camp, August 1944
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BLESSED ADALBERT NIERYCHLEWSKI (APRIL 20, 1903-FEBRUARY 9, 1942)
Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
Wojciech Nierychlewski, born at Dabrowice, Poland, on April 20, 1903, became a priest in the Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel, taking the name Adalbert. Nazis arrested him at Cracow in 1941 because he had written a manifesto defending the Christian religion and human dignity. He died at Auschwitz on February 9, 1942, aged 38 years.
Pope John Paul II declared our saint a Venerable then a Blessed in 1999.
Blessed Adalbert is one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II, the collective feast day of which is June 12.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 28, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN THE YOUNGER, DEFENDER OF ICONS
THE FEAST OF FREDERICK COOK ATKINSON, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANIST AND COMPOSER
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, RESTORER OF THE JESUITS
THE FEAST OF KAMEHAMEHA IV AND EMMA ROOKE, KING AND QUEEN OF HAWAII
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blessed Adalbert Nierychlewski
boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world,
and courage to die for this faith:
Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,
and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Esdras 2:42-48
Psalm 126 or 121
1 Peter 3:14-18, 22
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 713