28 February 2024

Saint of the Day: Bld Tymoteusz Trojanowski

A confrere of St Maximilian Mary Kolbe,  OFM Conv, the Founder of the Militia Immacultæ. He worked shipping the Militia's magazine.

From Aleteia

By Br Silas Henderson, SDS.

Religious Brother Martyred by the Nazis

Martyr (1908-1942)

His life

+ Stanislaw Trojanowski was born Sadlowo, Mazowieckie, Poland. The son of a poor family of farmers, he received little formal education and began working at an early age.

+ In 1930, he entered the Conventual Franciscans, receiving the religious name Tymoteusz. He professed solemn vows in 1935.

+ Brother Tymoteusz served in the friars’ infirmary and in the warehouse and shipping departments of Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s “Knight of Immaculate” magazine.

+ Although he desired to serve in the foreign missions, Brother Tymoteusz gave up the idea when the Nazis invaded Poland.

+ Arrested with six other friars in October 1941, he was sentenced to forced labor in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. He ministered to his fellow prisoners in the months before his death from pneumonia on February 28, 1942.

+ Blessed Tymoteusz Trojanowski was beatified with other Polish martyrs of World War II in 1999.

For prayer and reflection

“The blessed martyrs cry to our hearts: Believe in God who is love! Believe in him in good times and bad! Awaken hope! May it produce in you the fruit of fidelity to God in every trial!”—Pope Saint John Paul II at the beatification of the Polish Martyrs of World War II


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that the venerable feast of Blessed Tymoteusz, Thy Martyr, may through his intercession be strengthened in love of Thy Name.
Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen. 

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Martyrs—For One Martyr, Outside Paschaltide)

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