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Feast of Blesseds Stefan and Kazimierz Grelewski (May 9)   Leave a comment

Above:  Dachau

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BLESSED STEFAN GRELEWSKI (JULY 3, 1899-MAY 9, 1941)

Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

brother of

BLESSED KAZIMIERZ GRELEWSKI (JANUARY 20, 1907-JANUARY 9, 1942)

Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

His feast transferred from January 9

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TWO OF THE 108 MARTYRS OF WORLD WAR II (FEAST DAY = JUNE 12)

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These two brothers became martyrs and victims of the Holocaust.  They were natives of Dwikozy, Swietokryskie, Poland.  Stefan, born on July 3, 1899, and Kazimierz, born on January 20, 1907, became priests in the Diocese of Radom, Poland.

The brothers worked as educators. Stefan, ordained in October 1921, went on to study canon law at Strasbourg, France.  After he graduated with his doctorate in 1924, Stefan began to serve as the General Secretary of the Christian Workers Union at Radom.  He also translated French and German works into Polish.  He, prefect of a boys’ elementary school from 1928 to 1931 then of the Jan Kochanowski grammar school for boys from 1932 to 1939, worked with Catholic Action and the Association of Polish Intelligence.  He also helped to organize the first Eucharistic Congress in the Diocese of Radom in 1933.  After Germany and the Soviet Union partitioned Poland in 1939, Stefan taught religion covertly.  Kazimierz, prefect of the General School at Radom from 1928 to 1941, cared for orphans after the war started and before agents of the Gestapo arrested him.

Stefan and Kazimierz, arrested on January 24, 1941, died as prisoners.  Nazi authorities deported Stefan first to Auschwitz then to Dachau, where he died of starvation on May 9, 1941.  He was 41 years old.  Kazimierz, deported to Dachau, died by hanging on January 9, 1942.  He was 34 years old.  His last words were,

Love the Lord God!

Pope John Paul II declared the brothers Venerables then Blessed in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 12, 2017 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN DOBER, MORAVIAN BISHOP AND HYMN WRITER; JOHANN LEONHARD DOBER, MORAVIAN MISSIONARY AND BISHOP; AND ANNA SCHINDLER DOBER, MORAVIAN MISSIONARY AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF EDITH CAVELL, NURSE AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT KENNETH OF SCOTLAND, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARY

THE FEAST OF SAINT NECTARIUS OF CONSTANTINOPLE, ARCHBISHOP

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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 Blesseds Stefan and Kazimierz Grelewski,

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.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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