New Polish Saint

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, two of whom lived in the fifteenth century. One of the is Polish priest – Blessed Stanislaw Soltys Kazimierczyk (1433-89), a Krakow priest, entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran at the age of 23. The current (2004) edition of the Roman Martyrology, which lists him among the saints and blesseds of May 3, states, “Moved by pastoral charity, he was a diligent minister of the word of God, a master in spiritual matters, and sought after in hearing confessions.”  

Saint Stanislas Kazimierczyk was born on 27 September 1433 in Kraków, Kazimierz section of town, Poland, and was raised in a pious family, the son of Maciej and Jadwiga Soltys, he received a good education in the faith. Received doctorates in theology and philosophy from Jagiello University, Kraków, Poland. Entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran in 1456, devoting his life to the Eucharist and to the care of the sick and the poor, and taking the name Stanislas Kazimierczyk. Priest, noted as a great preacher and popular confessor. Prior and novice master at his monastery. Professor of philosophy and theology. Friend of Saint John of Kanty. Like many holy people, the people who knew him considered him a living saint while Father Stanislas saw his own life as a constant struggle for holiness.
He died on May 3rd, 1489 in Kraków, Poland of natural causes and was interred in the famous church of Corpus Domini, in Kraków-Kazimierz.

Popular devotion to Father Stanislas developed soon after his passing, and he was referred to a Blessed by the 1500’s; formal introduction of his Cause began in 1971. He was Beatified on 18 April 1993 by Pope John Paul II and was canonized on 17 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.