Feast of Blesseds Stanislaw Kubista and Wladyslaw Goral (April 26)   Leave a comment

Above:  East German Sachsenhausen Stamp

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BLESSED STANISLAW KUBISTA (SEPTEMBER 27, 1898-APRIL 26, 1940)

BLESSED WLADYSLAW GORAL (MAY 1, 1898-APRIL 1945)

Polish Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs, 1940 and 1945

These two saints share the same feast days–April 26 and June 12–on the Roman Catholic calendar of saints.  June 12 is the feast day for the 108 (Polish) Martyrs of World War II.

Blessed Stanislaw Kubista was originally a subject of the German Empire.  He, born in Kostuchna on September 27, 1898, was one of nine children of Stanislaw Kubista and Franciszka Czempska.  Our saint, a soldier on the Western Front from 1917 to 1919, became a citizen of the restored Poland in 1919.

Kubista devoted his life to God.  He made his perpetual vows as a member of the Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.) on September 29, 1926.  Then he joined the ranks of priests on May 26, 1927.  Our saint taught middle grades and served as a novice master and a spiritual director for the Society of the Divine Word.  He also wrote plays and wrote and published Little Missionary, Little Missionary Calendar, Calendar of the Word of God, Messenger of Saint Joseph, et cetera.

Blessed Wladyslaw Goral was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born in Stroczek on May 1, 1989, became a citizen of the restored Poland in 1919.  Our saint also devoted his life to God.  Goral studied theology in Lublin from 1916 to 1920.  Our saint, ordained a priest on December 18, 1920, studied philosophy in Rome from 1920 to 1926.  Then he returned to Lublin to reach at the seminary.  Our saint was active in scientific, charitable, and trade union-related organizations.  He founded the Lublin Charity Society and a home for retired priests in Lublin.  On August 10, 1938, Goral became the Auxiliary Bishop of Lublin and the Titular Bishop of Meloë.

Our saints became prisoners of the Third Reich.  Agents of the Gestapo arrested Kubista on October 27, 1939.  After going to a series of prisons, he arrived at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg, Germany.  Agents of the Gestapo arrested Goral on November 17, 1939.  He also arrived at Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Kubista, beaten and starved, died on April 26, 1940.  He was 41 years old.

Goral spent 1943-1945 in solitary confinement, denied sacraments.  He, aged 46 years, died in April 1945.

Pope John Paul II declared both men Venerables then beatified them in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 11, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF JOHN SWERTNER, DUTCH-GERMAN MORAVIAN MINISTER, HYMN WRITER, HYMN TRANSLATOR, AND HYMNAL EDITOR; AND HIS COLLABORATOR, JOHN MUELLER, GERMAN-ENGLISH MORAVIAN MINISTER, HYMN WRITER, AND HYMNAL EDITOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT AENGUS THE CULDEE, HERMIT AND MONK; AND SAINT MAELRUAN, ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT EULOGIUS OF SPAIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TOLEDO, CORDOBA; AND SAINT LEOCRITA; ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS, 859

THE FEAST OF FRANCIS WAYLAND, U.S. BAPTIST MINISTER, EDUCATOR, AND SOCIAL REFORMER

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAL PRENNUSHI, ALBANIAN ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR, 1948

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyrs

Blesseds Stanislaw Kubista and Wladyslaw Goral

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant to us, who now remember them in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with them the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2020), 714

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