Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński (1631-1701)
Founder of The Marians
The oldest portrait of the Marian founder from the end of the 17th century.
Saint Stanislaus Papczyński was enrolled in the annals of Polish culture and the history of the Church principally as the holy founder of the first Polish order of male religious and as a prominent religious writer.
CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
He was born on May 18, 1631, in Podegrodzie near Stary Sacz. At baptism he received the name John. His father was a local blacksmith and village bailiff. The boy inherited from his parents an unusually lively and enterprising temperament. As a youngster, he knew the secrets of the dangerous Dunajec River and the surrounding Beskid Sadecki hills. He also learned to be a responsible and vigilant shepherd of his father's herd of sheep. His first beginnings with school did not indicate his career as an academic. He had difficulty with studies, nevertheless he mastered his temperament, overcame material problems associated with his social standing, and with great diligence and success he advanced in studies, graduating from one school to another: in Podegrodzie, Nowy Sacz, Jaroslaw, Piarist College of Podoliniec, and the Jesuit College of Lvov, where he had to flee from the onslaught of the Cossacks. At the age of twenty three he completed his general and philosophical studies at the Jesuit College of Rawa Mazowiecka. His entire life was before him. His parents found him a beautiful and richly endowed maiden, but he disappointed them, desiring to dedicate himself completely to serving God.
IN THE PIARIST ORDER
Podegrodzie—View of the parish church and the village where St. Stanislaus Papczyński was born and spent his childhood.
On July 2, 1654, in Podoliniec, he joined the Piarist Order just newly established in Poland and took the religious name of Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary. He made his second year of novitiate in Warsaw, while studying theology with the reformed Franciscan Brothers. Those were the times of the Swedish invasion known as 'the deluge' that made a deep impression on the young seminarian's life. From the perspective of his whole life's experience, he thus described in his testimony one incident from those days: "I confess," he writes, "that I leave this world professing the Roman Catholic faith for which I was ready to pour out my blood during the war with Sweden. One day my companion and I were exiting the Old Town, when a heretic soldier, his unsheathed sword in hand, attacked us near the Dominican Fathers. My companion (even though he was German) fled, and I, falling to my knees, stuck out my neck for the blow. However, by the decree of Divine Providence, I did not sustain any wounds although I was struck three times with great force. Afterwards, I felt great pains for an hour and a half because of that."
Podegrodzie—Baptismal font from 1409, where
St. Fr. Papczyński was baptized.
On July 22, 1656, several months after the historical solemn vows of John Casimir (King of Poland), Stanislaus made his religious profession as the first Polish member of the Piarist Congregation. He received his ordination to priesthood on March 12, 1661.
While still a seminarian, he taught rhetoric in the colleges of Rzeszow and Podoliniec, and then after ordination he taught in a Warsaw college. In his lectures he used a textbook entitled "Prodromus reginae artium" (The Messenger of the Queen of Arts), which he himself wrote. This textbook underwent four reprints during subsequent years. This work merited special praise for its pedagogical character as well as the selection of rhetoric which witnesses to the author's patriotic sentiments and his special devotion to Mary Immaculate. Also, in this textbook he postulated the equality of all citizens before the law and took a critical stand in regards to the "liberum veto." ("free veto" = an unexplained veto)
Podegrodzie—Stela at the site where
St. Fr. Papczyński's family home used to stand. He was born here on May 18, 1631.
As a priest, he gained high esteem for hearing confessions and giving sermons, especially with the intellectually elite of Warsaw. On greater feasts he was invited to preach in the many churches of the Capital City. His sermon on Thomas Aquinas, delivered at the Dominican Church, was published in 1664 under the title "Doctor Angelicus" (The Angelic Doctor). Taking advantage of St. Stanislaus's contacts with influential people, his superiors entrusted him with gathering petitions for the beatification of the order's founder, Fr. Joseph Calasanctius. Through obtaining numerous postulation letters, St. Stanislaus greatly contributed to elevating Fr. Calasanctius to the altars. As a fervent devotee of the Most Blessed Mother, during the years 1663-1667, St. Stanislaus directed the Confraternity of Our Lady of Grace, Patroness of Warsaw, whose image was found at that time in the Piarist's Church on Dluga Street.
Despite the great successes of his academic, educational, and pastoral work, St. Papczyński's relations with his superiors kept getting more strained and eventually led to his leaving the order. Differences in understanding of the order's character were at the base of this conflict: St. Papczyński strove to restore the early rigor of life while practices in the Province tended to favor laxity. It seems, as if the circumstance, well known in the history of the Church, also took place here; as when a potential founder of a new order, while still a member of his religious community, differs in his ideals of religious life from the greater part of his confreres and thus senses himself a stranger within his present religious family, he seeks to realize his ideal in a new community, which he begins himself. This process is always marked by pain and suffering. All of it was true in St. Papczyński's case. Because of his views and actions, as interpreted by some of his superiors, he was the cause of confusion among Piarists, while he himself felt misunderstood. Later he used to call this period of his life "a long-lasting martyrdom." In those difficult times he sought certainty through reflection on the Passion of Christ, which found expression in two written series of meditations: "Orator crucifixus" (The Crucified speaker) and "Christus patiens" (The Suffering Christ).
Podegrodzie—Small shrine (with the image of Christ Crucified) on the grounds formerly belonging to St. Fr. Papczyński's family.
Not being able to find for himself, within the Piarists, the proper climate for life and work and at the same time seeing also a rift within the Province between his supporters and adversaries, St. Papczyński asked the Superior General to release him from religious vows. On December 11, 1670, he left the Order. At one and the same time in the presence of his Piarist Superiors he made the following solemn declaration: "I offer and consecrate to God, the Almighty Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as to the Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, my heart, my soul É my body, leaving absolutely nothing for myself, so that henceforth I may be the slave of God Almighty and of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Consequently, I vow to serve Them zealously, in chastity, to the end of my life, in the society of Marian Clerics of the Immaculate Conception, which by the grace of God I wish to found."
THE MARIAN LEGISLATOR
Up until this time all religious orders came to Poland from abroad, particularly from the West. Only a fool would strive to realize such a plan, especially in light of the prevalent aristocratic mentality, he being of common birth and advocating a very rigorous lifestyle.
He found support for his plan from the Bishop of Poznan, Stefan Wierzbowski. Rejecting tempting proposals from different Orders and bishops (those of Cracow and Plock), St. Papczyński went as chaplain to Jakub Karski's house in Lubocza near Nowe Miasto-on-Pilica in order to prepare himself for this new undertaking. There, in September of 1671, he was vested in the new white habit in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Mother. He also prepared the project of the future order's statute entitled "Norma vitae" (Rule of Life). At the same time he wrote a moral and ascetical treatise called "Templum Dei Mysticum (The Mystical Temple of God), which underwent several reprints. In this book he expressed his belief that lay people, and not only priests and religious, are called to holiness. This is one of the most preeminent works in Polish ascetical literature of the 17th century.
Podoliniec—The Piarist Fathers' church and college from 1642. St. Papczyński was assigned there several times.
Seeking candidates for his planned order, in September of 1673, St. Papczyński went to Puszcza Korabiewska near Skierniewice, where a former soldier, Stanislaus Krajewski and companions lived as hermits. There, on the land donated by Krajewski, he built and organized his Institute's first house, which he called a "Retreat House." Bishop Stanislaus Swiecicki, who came on a canonical visitation on October 24, 1673, approved this community living in accord with the "Norma vitae" under St. Papczyński's guidance. He left them his own "Statutes" on the characteristics of hermits and penitentials. The Marians consider this date as the beginning of their Order.
Bishop Wierzbowski wished to engage the newly created religious community in fulfilling of his plans of the renewal of religious life in the diocese. Particularly in the town of Gora near Warsaw where he established the holy city of Mazowsze which he called New Jerusalem. There he built many churches and chapels commemorating the Passion of Christ. To serve the arriving pilgrims, he brought over several religious orders, among them St. Papczyński's community. In 1677, he consigned to him the Church of the Lord's Cenacle with it's adjacent monastery. The previous obligations of living a hermits' lifestyle were not in force at this institution. Saint Father Papczyński lived here until his death, a period of 24 years. Here he zealously developed an active apostolic work among pilgrims as well as in the neighboring parishes.
Jaroslaw—The Jesuit Fathers' church and college. St. Stanislaus was a student here from mid-May to the end of July in 1646.
On April 21, 1679, Bishop Wierzbowski canonically constituted St. Stanislaus's Institute, composed of two houses, as an Order of Diocesan right. The goal of the community was; beside the spreading of devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God, to assist Poor Souls in Purgatory, particularly those who died in fields of battle and victims of plagues. This mission undoubtedly came about through the intense religious experiences of the times compelled by the country's political circumstances and continuous wars. Saint Father Papczyński also directed his spiritual sons to undertake pastoral works, especially assisting pastors by hearing confessions, as well as catechizing and delivering sermons to the faithful, particularly the most spiritually neglected in regards to religion. As remedy against the vice of drunkenness, St. Papczyński introduced in the order abstinence from drinking vodka. King John III Sobieski, who was known for his kindness towards strict religious orders, took the Marians under his special protection.
Lubocz—The old chapel in the village center. Formerly Lubocza, this was the place where
St. Stanislaus resided after he left the Piarists.
However, the simple vows which the Marians were making at the time were little binding in the existing circumstances, and the fate of the Congregation depended simply on the bishop. This problem became particularly apparent after the death of Bishop Wierzbowski in 1687. For these reasons, St. Papczyński, who was already 60 years old, set out on a journey by foot for Rome in 1690, in order to obtain the papal approval for his Order. Unfortunately, he arrived there at a time when the Holy See was without a Pope, thus he only procured a spiritual affiliation of the Marians with several other Orders. The approbation of "Norma vitae" as the Congregation's statutes, which took place a couple of years later, was a fruit of this journey.
Puszcza Marianska—The historic wooden church considered the birthplace of the Order of the Marians. After the fire on May 2, 1993 it was restored.
In 1699, Bl. Papczyński made another attempt to procure the approbation of his Order, by sending to Rome Fr. Joachim Kozlowski as his envoy with full powers (plenipotentiary). Meeting with difficulties in obtaining the approbation of the Marian Order upon its own rule, Fr. Kozlowski approached the reformed Franciscan Minors for the "Rule of Ten Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary", which included the Marians' legal dependence on this Order. Pope Innocent XII approved the document issued by the General of Franciscans on October 24, 1699. Although the Rule was received without previous consultation with St. Papczyński, nonetheless it did not infringe in any way on the specific features of the Marian Institute and was thus gladly accepted by the Marian Legislator. The Marians became an Order with solemn vows and were freed from the authority of a local bishop, although they were dependent on the Franciscans for some time. Finally, the Marians received approbation as an order of apostolic right ridding themselves of the restrictions imposed by the hermetic life that were hindering them. In their apostolic work they placed special emphasis on teaching truths of the faith to the faithful of lower classes, which was the Church's most urgent task at the time.
On June 6, 1701, St. Papczyński pronounced a solemn profession of vows in the hands of the Apostolic Nuncio Francisco Pignatelli and then received the profession of vows from the other Marians. This act is the crowning point of the prolonged process of establishing the first Polish order of male religious in that country's history. On the way to the realization of this goal, for a duration of 30 years, St. Papczyński had to overcome innumerable difficulties. A few times he even had doubts if God truly wanted him to follow this road. However, still obedient to the divine inspiration and his spiritual directors, he courageously trod the path designated for him by Divine Providence. He died in the opinion of sanctity on September 17, 1701, and was buried at the Church of the Lord's Cenacle in Gora Kalwaria.
Chojnata—The church where, in 1653,
St. Papczyński announced that he had received a vision of King John III Sobieski's victory at the Battle of Chocim. The battle occured on November 11, 1653.
Observing the life of St. Papczyński, we notice that it was committed to apostolic service. At school, from the pulpit, in confessional, or at his desk, he proclaimed the word of God everywhere in speech and writing, emphasizing particularly the need to care for those wronged by the society. His work illustrated the beliefs proclaimed in "Templum Dei Mysticum": "O how admirable are those who mutually work with Christ, and, solely out of love for Him, sincerely and zealously announce all that is essential for salvation, for leading a Christian life, for rooting out vices, and increasing virtues. This is the greatest and most fruitful work of mercy."
In his apostolate and spiritual life he put special attention on proclaiming the glory of Mary Immaculate, helping Poor Souls in Purgatory, and fighting the vice of drunkenness.
Gora Kalwaria—The facade of the Church of the Cenacle from 1677. The mortal remains of the
Saint Father Stanislaus Papczyński are venerated in this church.
Two centuries before the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception St. Stanislaus professed: "I believe everything that the holy Roman Church believes, but first of all I profess that the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary, was conceived without any stain of original sin." This privilege of the Immaculate Conception was very precious to him. He talked about it in sermons and wrote extensively on the subject. Like a knight of old, who pledged to defend the honor of his lady, in 1670 he made a "vow of blood" witnessing his readiness to lay down his life if necessary in honor of Mary's Immaculate Conception. He not only faithfully kept his vow in the living of his life, but he also called into existence a religious order dedicated in the heart of the Church to promoting the Immaculate Conception. Saint Father Papczyński lived in times illustrated by the Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz in his "Trilogy", describing the Cossack wars, the Swedish invasion of Poland, and finally, the Polish army's victory at Vienna. He himself accompanied Polish troops in battles against Turks in Ukraine in 1674, and witnessed that many people left this world without being prepared to meet their Maker. He often experienced mystical visions of the Poor Souls in Purgatory after which he would say to his confreres: "Brethren, pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory for their sufferings are unbearable." Compelled by love, he supported those souls with his prayer and sacrifices. He bequeathed this charism to the religious family that he founded.
Image by Wieńczysłwa Pyrzanowski, located at the Marian church in Sulejówek, Poland.
Father Stanislaus declared war against his contemporaries' vice of drunkenness. Without fear of people's disapproval, he directed his fellow-Marians: "Use of vodka is strictly forbidden, both at home and outside, under the loss of Divine blessing. This is to honor our Lord's thirsting on the Cross."
In the opinion many people St. Papczyński's life was holy. This belief gave grounds for opening the beatification cause in 1767, which was interrupted in 1775.
However, as we take a closer look at the program that he proclaimed by his word and example of life, we may notice that it represents a pious legacy of Polish national history and it did not lose any of its immediate relevancy. As is true of so many other countries today, drunkenness continues to remain one of Poland's principal vices. Today, it is necessary as before, to present Our Blessed Mother, Immaculately Conceived, as our unfailing guide on the road to God, while teaching the people that "we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come" (Heb 13:14). And it is still essential to give every possible support to souls still undergoing purification from sins committed during the earthly pilgrimage.
For all these reasons St. Papczyński's beatification process was reopened in 1953. But because such a long time has passed since the Servant of God's death, this process must be accomplished "historically" which means that documents need to be searched for testimonies on St. Papczyński's life and virtues. Those documents were prepared and gathered in a 1000-page manuscript called "Positio". On February 28, 1980, the National Conference of Bishops in Poland petitioned the Holy Father to elevate St. Papczyński to the altars as a model of Christian life. Similar petitions have been sent to His Holiness by major superiors of male and female congregations in Poland. Based on this evidence, on November 28, 1980, the Congregation for Saints made a decision that St. Papczyński's beatification cause may be brought before the Apostolic Tribunal. The Holy Father approved this decision on March 6, 1981, which indicated another giant step forward in the process of beatification.
Gora Kalwaria—The image of the Eye of Divine Providence, dating from 1750. St. Papczyński frequently attributed the establishment of his religious community to the Divine Providence.
In the years 1981-1982, a process de non cultu was conducted in Warsaw. The decree super validitate Processus (regarding the validity of the diocesan process) was promulgated in 1990. Further evaluations of Positio super Virtutibus were also conducted. Then, on January 22, 1991, during an Ordinary Congress of the Congregation, chaired by Anthony Petti, General Promoter of the Faith, the theological consultants stated that the Servant of God practiced virtues to a heroic degree.
On March 17, 1992, after having listened to the report delivered by Paulino Limongi, Titular Archbishop of Nice in Hemimont, the Cardinals and Bishops gathered at an Ordinary Congregation stated that Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński practiced the theological virtues, the cardinal virtues, and other virtues associated with these, to a heroic degree.
After the results of the research conducted by the Cardinal Prefect, Angelus Cardinal Felici, had been presented to Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father gladly accepted the decision of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and ordered that the decree on the Servant of God's heroic virtues be prepared.
On June 13, 1992, the Holy Father invited the Cardinal Prefect, the relators of the cause, the Secretary of the congregation, and other people who are usually summoned in such circumstances and, in the presence of all gathered with regard to the cause and its result, solemnly announced that:
It is considered to be a certain thing that Saint Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński practiced the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude, and other virtues associated with these, to a heroic degree.
The Pope ordered that this decree be made public and kept in the acts of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Father Stanislaus Papczyński was solemnly beatified at the Marian Shrine in Licheń by a special delegate of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI – His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See on September 16, 2007. Many cardinals and bishops from around the world attended the ceremony along with about 80,000 faithful, while thousands followed the live broadcast on radio and television. The process for the canonization of Saint Father Stanislaus continues.
Many people report graces obtained through the intercession of St. Stanislaus. So we hope that we will see the Saint Stanislaus Papczyński raised to the glory of sainhood. To a large extent, this depends on our prayers for that intention.
Gora Kalwaria—The sarcophagus of 1766 which holds the coffin containing the mortal remains of
Saint Father Stanislaus Papczyński.
It is located in the Church of the Cenacle.
FROM THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ST. STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI
I give thanks to the Divine Majesty for graces, gifts, and goodness granted me with great generosity. I repent from the depth of my heart and I wish out of love of the Lord to repent more and more for all my sins, which I place in the deepest wounds of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. I fall at the feet of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and I give myself with the entire Congregation of her Immaculate Conception to her for eternity. I call on her gracious direction and effective care, and for the hour of my death I beg her most merciful and powerful protection from the ambushes of my enemies and all temporal and eternal Evil.
To all those who loved and supported the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception (which I founded through Gods inspiration to support all the faithful departed), I promise double reward from Gods hand.
I eagerly suggest to my brethren, if it be appropriate for me to say: Sons, you ought to have love for God and neighbor, devotion to the Catholic faith, and worship, love, and obedience to the Holy See, faithful preservation of the vows, humility, patience, support the souls in purgatory, and be at peace with everyone.
Prayer to obtain graces through the intercession of Saint Stanislaus Papczyński
Saint Stanislaus, gracious intercessor before God, defender of the oppressed and patron of those in mortal danger, you always zealously served Jesus and His Immaculate Mother for the salvation of immortal souls, and you took pity on every misery. Trusting in your intercession, I have recourse to you, and I ask that you do not deny me your help. By your earnest prayers, obtain for me from God the grace… for which I beg you with trust, and help me, all my life long, to fulfill the will of the Heavenly Father. Amen.
Novena for the Intention of Receiving Graces through the Intercession of St. Stanislaus Papczyński
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(Collected Works, available in Polish only)
By Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Editor, Andrzej Pakuła MIC
The Collected Works by Blessed Stanislaus embrace all the presently-available works by the Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers. These works were translated from Latin into modern Polish by a group of interpreters. The first work to appear in that book is the Rule of Life. It is Fr. Papczyński’s most illustrative writing to reflect his and the Marian Congregation’s spirituality. The following works are arranged by length starting with the largest to the shortest. Each work has an introduction that gives particulars about its character, circumstances of its appearance, and its significance. Also, the majority of works have a bibliography. In addition, the book contains a calendar of Fr. Papczynski’s life and a chronological list of his extant and lost writings along with a general index.
Format 120 x 170mm • hard cover • 1584 pgs.
Żywot Stanisława Papczyńskiego
(The Life of Stanislaus Papczyński, available in Polish only)
by Tadeusz Rogalewski MIC
A colorful account of life of a Mountaineer from the vicinity of Nowy Sącz who studied at the best Jesuit Colleges and became the confessor to King John III Sobieski; who attempted to reform the Piarist Order, and who, eventually, founded the Congregation of Marian Fathers, following his call to serving the Immaculate Mary.
Format 115 x 195mm • paperback • 164 pgs.
Historical Writings of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Translated by Kazimierz Krzyżanowski MIC
A chronologically-arranged and preceded by brief foreword, this collection of the Marian Founder’s writings, letters, and documents reflects his religious life and activity first in the Piarist Order and then in the Congregation of Marian Fathers, which he founded.
Format 223mm x 131mm • paperback • 132 pss. • code HWOP • $14.95
Duchowe Wskazania: Sługa Boży Stanisław od Jezusa Maryi Papczyński
(Spiritual Instructions, available in Polish only)
By the Servant of God Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński
Selected and edited by Janusz Kumala, MIC
The book contains selected thoughts from various writings by the Marian Founder which may serve as directives for the spiritual life of every Christian.
Format 95mm x 143mm • paperback • 126 pgs. • code SDBK • $4.95
Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński, A Holy Man for Our Time
by Rafał Zalewski MIC
Translated by Wiesław Śpiewak
The booklet contains a brief biography, selected thoughts, a Novena and a Litany of the Blessed, along with color photos.
Format 117mm x 165mm • paperback • 48 pgs. • color photo section • code LOBS • $5.95
Stanislaus Papczyński (1631-1701)
by Rev. Tadeusz Rogalewski, MIC
With keen understanding and rich insight, Fr. Rogalewski traces Bl. Stanislaus' life from his special call to found the Marians, his holy death, and his posthumous fame.
Soft cover • 472 pages plus color photos • code ELMP • $12.95 plus shipping
The Mystical Temple of God
by Bl. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński
Translated from Latin, this work may be regarded as a spiritual handbook for day-to-day understanding of the call to "be living temples of God" in the ideal preached by St. Paul. This book presents those who seek a deeper Christian spirituality with a simple formula set on the foundation of the image of God's Temple.
Soft cover • 137 pages • color photo section • code MTG • $11.60 plus shipping
Testimonies of Graces Received through the Intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński, Founder of the Marians
Selection accounts of graces received through the intercession of Blessed Father Founder, which the faithful sent to the Vice-Postulator for the Marian Beatification Causes for North America and Asia.
Soft cover • 98 pages • color photo section • code BKFF • $9.95 plus shipping
Theological Foundations of the Christian Life in the Teaching of the Founder and the Renovator of the Congregation of Marians
Tadeusz Rogalewski, MIC
tłum. Paul i Ewa St. Jean
In this book Bl. Stanislaus and Bl. George introduce us to a closer relationship with God, building on the foundation of how He has revealed Himself in Christ and through the work of the Holy Spirit. They then show us how this relationship with God should be formed in the life of the Church with an emphasis on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role, particularly through the Immaculate Conception. We also see how the Marian Founder and the Marian Renovator conceived the Christian life as filled with hope because it opens up the present reality to the eschatological perspective.
Paperback • 276 pages • color photo section • code SFR • $10.00 plus shipping
Blessed Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński,
Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers
Available in Polish only.
This small book is a keepsake of the solemn beatification of Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński, Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers, which took place on September 16, 2007, at the Marian Shrine in Lichen, Poland.
Format 4" x 6" • hard cover • 120 pages • $3.00 plus shipping and handling
Vit-Verit, a company from Częstochowa (Poland), was commissioned to mint silver medals bearing the likeness of Blessed Stanislaus. The Founder of the Marians holding a crucifix is presented on the front of the medal. The surrounding inscription reads: Beatus Stanislaus Papczyński Marianorum ab Immac. Conceptione B.V.M. Fundator 1631-1701. The back displays a symbolic image of the Poor Souls in Purgatory, which is to emphasize one of the main features of spirituality of the Blessed and the Congregation, which he raised into existence. The surrounding inscription reads: Orate Fratres pro Defunctis. As far as we know, these are the first medals in the history of the Congregation that bear the image of the Blessed Founder.
Price of one medal, made of sterling silver is $20.00, plus the cost of shipping. You can also order this medal made of gold. For this purpose it is necessary first to communicate with the website administrator.
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42 cm x 53.5 cm / 16.5 inch x 21 inch
56 cm x 71 cm / 22 inch x 28 inch
For the Polish-speaking readers we also recommend the PROMIC [Marian Publishing House] publications; to order please contact: www.wydawnictwo.pl
Pisma Fundacyjne [Founding Works]
By Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Translated into Polish by Kazimierz Krzyżanowski, MIC
Series: „Źródła mariańskie [Marian Resources]”, tome 2
Critical edition of the Founder’s writing pertaining to the founding of the Marian Order. An extensive introduction was prepared by Frs. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC, and Prof. Julian Kałowski, of the Stefan Wyszynski Catholic University. Writings included in this volume show not only a wide historical and legal perspective, but also the multi-dimensionality of the Blessed’s motivation and action. Documents are arranged chronologically.
Format 162 x 235mm • hard cover • 196 pgs. • price 17.00 Polish zlotys
Cuda i Łaski za Przyczyną Błogosławionego Stanisława Papczyńskiego
[Miracles and Graces Through the Intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński]
Selection and Edition by Jan Kosmowski, MIC, and Wojciech Skóra, MIC
This selection gives us only some of the numerous letters and testimonies, numbering several thousands, that speak of the graces received through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus. Some testimonies were published in 1997 and in 2002 through the effort of the Vice-Postulators of the process of canonization and the Association of Marian Helpers in Poland. This publication was enlarged with letters from the U.S. and the description of the miracle that became basis for the beatificaiton of the Founder of the Marians.
Format 110 x 180mm • paperback • 216 pgs. • price 10.00 Polish zlotys
Zwiastun Królowej Sztuk
czyli kształcenie adeptów kunsztownego przemawiania, autorstwa Stanisława od Jezusa i Maryi ze Szkół Pobożnych
[Messenger of the Queen of the Arts or the training of adepts of the beautiful public speaking, by Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary of the Pious Schools]
By Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Translated by Kazimierz Krzyżanowski, MIC
Series: „Źródła mariańskie [Marian Resources]”, tome 3
The volume is an extensive textbook on Rhetoric which was first published in Latin in Warsaw in 1663 by the King’s Printer Elert. Its present critical edition is the first Polish translation of the work. The introduction is written by Prof. Janusz Drob from the Catholic University of Lublin.
Format 162 x 235mm • hard cover • 384 pgs. • price 29.00 Polish zlotys
Wejrzenie w Głąb Serca [Looking Into the Depth of Heart]
By Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Translated by Wacław Makoś, MIC
Series: „Źródła mariańskie [Marian Resources]”, tome 4
By providing reflections for Sundays, holidays, special topics, and individual weekdays, the author encourages us to meeting God in the depth of our hearts and to take a look at ourselves in His light, by contemplating God in love and faith. The Latin original of this work did not survive to our times; the present translation was done on the base of a copy from 1773.
Format 162 x 235mm • hard cover • 164 pgs. • price 31.00 Polish zlotys
Pisma Pasyjne [The Passion Writings]
By Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Translated by Ryszard Roman Piętka, MIC
Series: „Źródła mariańskie [Marian Resources]”, tome 5
This volume contains two collections of the Passion sermons entitled Ukrzyżowany Mówca [Crucified Speaker] and Chrystus cierpiący [Suffering Christ]. These two works placed their author among the illustrious Church speakers of the second half of the 17th century who were greatly appreciated during their lifetime and … forgotten after their death. Each work is composed of seven reflections (discussions) which probably originally appeared as Lenten sermons.
Format 162 x 235mm • hard cover • 192 pgs. • price 29.00 Polish zlotys