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Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński, was born in Podegrodzie near Stary Sacz, Poland, on May 18, 1631. Having finished his studies in Piarist and Jesuit colleges, he entered the Piarist Institute in 1654. He was ordained priest in 1661. Endowed with many talents, he soon became known as an outstanding teacher and educator of youth, preacher, spiritual director, and author of writings on the interior life and the art of speaking. By the design of Divine Providence, he left the Piarists in 1670. Called by God to found a new religious institute, he established the first Marian monastery at Korabiew Forest (today’s Puszcza Maria ń ska) in 1673. To his Congregation of Marian Clerics of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary he gave a triple mission: spreading, under this unique privilege, devotion to the Mother of God; praying for the souls in Purgatory, especially victims of wars and pestilence; conducting pastoral work, especially among poor peasants. In his Rule of Life he set forth the manner of fulfilling this mission. He led a life of intense prayer and mortification, striving for evangelical perfection according to the professed vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. He fought against the vice of drunkenness, that plagued the society of his time. He died on September 17, 1701, in Gora Kalwaria near Warsaw, in the opinion of sanctity. His earthly remains rest there in the church that commemorates the Lord’s Cenacle. His process of beatification, initiated in 1767 and interrupted in 1775, was resumed in 1953. On June 13, 1992, Blessed John Paul II, approved the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Fr. Stanislaus. By his Apostolic Letter of September 12, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI approved the beatification of Fr. Stanislaus, which was solemnly performed at the Marian Shrine in Liche ń (Poland) by the papal legate, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB, Secretary of State, acting on his behalf. More information about Blessed Stanislaus Papczy ń ski is available at: MTG