Monday, November 16, 2009

Polish Friar remembered

A Veteran’s Story

A Polish Friar Remembered
Posted by Fr. Matthew Rzeczkowski, O.P. on November 12, 2009

Fr. Adam Studziński, O.P. at Monte Cassino (Italy), May 11, 2007

This past Veterans' Day, which is Independence Day in Poland, the square in front of St. Giles Church in Krakow was dedicated in honor of Fr. Adam Studzinski, O.P., a late Friar of the Polish Province. Fr. Adam was ordained in 1937. Two years later, at the outbreak of the Second World War, he made his way to Palestine and joined the Polish Army there. He served as chaplain to the troops at the Battle of Monte Cassino and throughout the whole of their Italian campaign. Into his later years Fr. Adam remained active in veterans' organizations and in Polish scouting. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of general in the Polish Army. Fr. Adam died in 2008 at the age of 97. For further details of Fr. Adam's exemplary life, see his entry on Wikipedia. St. Giles is a small baroque church in the shadow of Wawel Castle. Each Sunday the Dominicans say one Mass there in English and one in Polish.

From the Dominican Friars' Blog, Province of St. Joseph

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