Blessed Edmund Bojanowski - Poland

Founder of The Congregation of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception

Blessed Edmund Bojanowski was born into a devout, patriotic family of the nobility on November 14, 1814 in Grabonog, near Gostyn, in then-occupied Poland. A remarkable Catholic lay apostle, a learned writer and an educator, he worked for social justice and started a home for orphans and health services to the ill including during outbreaks of cholera, day nursery shelters for neglected children, libraries for the needy, and further activities to develop the religious, moral and cultural values of the people. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and the need to support his work, he founded the Congregation of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1850.

The Eucharist was the center of his day and he spent many hours before the Blessed Sacrament. Contemplation of Holy Scripture, weekly confession and annual retreats also had an effect on his spiritual life. He promoted the Living Rosary and was a guiding force of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Poland, a Christian voluntary organization to work with the needy.

Two years before his death on August 7, 1871 in Gorka Duchowna -the Holy Hill, he entered the seminary in Gniezno, but His desire to celebrate Holy Mass for his Sisters, could not be realized due to his failing health, which was delicate from his youth. His last will to his Sisters was the recommendation of the blessing of simplicity and communal love.

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