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all over the world are developing a great devotion to him. He now has become a pro-life patron and a patron of those in mortal danger. In fact, St. Stanislaus has become well known at the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City in Mindanao in the Philippines. Many couples there beg his intercession when they have trouble conceiving. So many couples have been able to have children after praying to St. Stanislaus that he has become a kind of “rock star” among Catholic saints there! John was his name So who was he? Stanislaus was born on May 18, 1631, in Podegrodzie, Poland, and was given the name Jan (John) at his Baptism that same day. “Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary” is his religious name. The youngest of 8 children to Zofia and Tomasz, a blacksmith, he had difficulties learning when he first went to school, so his parents withdrew him and sent him to tend sheep. However, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, his ability to learn was miraculously awakened, and he was able to return to school. Stanislaus joined the Piarist community and was ordained a priest in 1661. He published a book of rhetoric in 1663 dedicated to Our Lady, called Messenger of the Queen of the Arts. The Holy Spirit placed in his heart a calling to found a Congregation dedicated to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On Dec. 11, 1670, he received his release from the Piarists. That same day, St. Stanislaus professed his Oblatio, a self-offering that he made to God, which included his religious vows and his intention to found a new religious community to fulfill the calling he had in his heart. We trace the origin of our Congregation to that event. Saint Stanislaus is a saint who is definitely worth getting to know better, especially through his writings! He wrote a beautiful work on spirituality for the laity called the Mystical Temple of God. I recently recorded a podcast on that work, which you can find on TheDivineMercy.org/podcasts and DivineMercyPlus.org. His Examination of the Heart contains a series of inspiring meditations based on the liturgical year. Saint Stanislaus also wrote some powerful meditations on Christ’s Passion, The Crucified Orator and The Suffering Christ. They are all on my list for future podcasts! Saint Stanislaus, pray for us! Father Joseph Roesch, MIC, is vicar general of the Marian Congregation. Learn more about St. Stanislaus at StanislawPapczynski.org. Born: May 18, 1631, Podegrodzie, Poland Died: September 17, 1701, Góra Kalwaria, Poland Approval of the new Marian Congregation by Pope Innocent XII: Oct. 24, 1699 Canonized: June 5, 2016, by Pope Francis Feast day: May 18 Saint Stanislaus Papczyński l Saint Stanislaus’ mother consecrated him to Jesus and Mary while carrying him in her womb. She did this when she fell out of a ferryboat during a storm and almost drowned. l As a young student, St. Stanislaus almost died due to an epidemic of pestilence. l The miracle that led to Stanislaus’ beatification in 2007 involved a baby in the womb who died and came back to life. l The miracle that led to his canonization in 2016 involved the healing of a young woman who was engaged to be married. She was on the verge of death in the hospital, with the doctors considering her case hopeless. During his lifetime, St. Stanislaus brought a child back to life while offering Mass for that intention on an altar dedicated to St. Raphael. Talkin’ Marians STATS AND FACTS Get to know the Founder A rich spiritual treasury, Saint Stanislaus Papczyński: Selected Writings (Product code B57-PCZY) makes available in a modern English translation the majority of the works of the Founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, one of the outstanding figures in Polish Catholic history and culture. Order now: Visit ShopMercy.org/b57 or call 1-800-462-7426.

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