Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Jan Swierc 1877-1941 ---- A Martyr Par Excellence

Jan Swierc was born at Krolewska Huta in Upper Silesia on the 29th of April 1877.

Thanks to the well known Salesian Institute at Valsalice he came to Italy for his secondary studies.

In Turin, He took up his philosophical and theological studies. On the 6th of June 1903, He was ordained a Priest in Turin by Cardinal Richelmy.

Back in Poland, He began his activity teaching with much diligence and care proving his virtue as an excellent Salesian.

He was the first Rector at Oswiecim, and then in numerous Salesian Houses all across Poland. He was specially well known for his prudence. The most difficult and delicate matters were handled by him.

On the 23rd of May 1941, He was arrested by the Gestapo while He was a Parish Priest in Krakow and taken to several prisons in and around Krakow.

He was finally taken to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. On the 27th of June 1941, Father Jan was cruelly tortured and killed by a Nazi Soldier simply because he was a Priest and because he would not cease calling on the name of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

He was 64 years old, 42 years a Salesian and 38 years as a Priest.

It can be said that he left a reputation for holiness of life, quite separate from his Martyrdom.

Credits and References :

Jan Swierc
Salesian Saint of the Month
Page 10
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
May 2012
Vol - 14, N0-1

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