May 9: Blessed Stefan Grelewski

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Blessed Stefan Grelewski (1899-1941) was born in Poland. An outstanding priest, he also earned a doctorate in canon law, wrote and translated works from French and German into Polish, founded a Catholic magazine, and organized the first Eucharistic Congress in his diocese.

He was the director of a boys’ grammar school when World War II broke out. He secretly continued teaching the faith to his flock during the Nazi occupation until he and his younger brother were arrested–solely because they were priests–and sent to a concentration camp. Stefan died of starvation on this date in the Dachau camp.

Blessed Stefan, help me to forgive those harm me.

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