Monday, February 22, 2010

Blessed Stefan Frelichowski (1913-1945)

As many of you are probably aware, this is the Year of the Priest. One notable priest is Blessed Stefan Frelichowski whose feast day is February 22nd. A Polish priest, he ultimately was interred at the Dachau concentration camp during World War II. According to his profile in the February 2010 edition of "Columbia" magazine:

"At Dachau, Father Frelichowski secretly ministered to sick and elderly prisoners by bringing them food and whatever medicine he could attain. He also heard confessions in Polish, French and German. At great risk to himself, he continued to attend to the sick amid a typhus epidemic in 1944. After eventually contracting both typhus and pneumonia himself, he died at Dachau on February 23, 1945 - just weeks before the camp was liberated."

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