Basic Information
Name

Jerzy Popiełuszko

Feast Day

October 19

Short Bio

When the Solidarity trade union was formed in 1980, Father Jerzy stood with the workers, becoming their chaplain. When Solidarity was outlawed and his friends were jailed, Father Jerzy picked up their banner and carried on, continuing to speak about freedom and human rights from his Warsaw pulpit. He was a beacon of hope in the darkest days of Martial Law and his message of truth was devoured by the Polish people after 40 years of oppression. Thousands, then tens of thousands came from all over Poland to hear him speak and every month the crowd grew, bringing the Secret Police closer and closer to his door. He was harassed, arrested, threatened, and imprisoned, but he would not be silenced. His friends suggested that he leave Poland for his own safety but he replied “my place is with the people.” On October 19, 1984, three secret policemen kidnapped Father Jerzy on the way to Warsaw. He was viciously beaten, bound, and thrown into the Vistula River. At his funeral, an estimated one million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and as one, they promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence. Lech Wałęsa said, “Rest in peace, Father Jerzy. Solidarity is alive because you gave your life for it.” On that day, November 3rd, 1984 – the end of communism in Poland and Eastern Europe became only a question of time.

Born

September 14, 1947

Died

October 19, 1984

Patron of

Human rights, Solidarity

Adopted by

Yeranui Kaloyan

Personal
Born in

Poland

Lived in

Poland

Gender

Male

Form of Passing

Martyr

Roles

Martyr, Priest / Pastor

Century

20th Century

Vocation

Priesthood

Details & Interests
Name Meaning

Farmer

Books Written

Sermons

Favorite Quote

“It is not enough for a Christian to condemn evil, cowardice, lies, and use of force, hatred, and oppression. He must at all times be a witness to and defender of justice, goodness, truth, freedom, and love. He must never tire of claiming these values as a right both for himself and others.”

“An idea which needs rifles to survive dies of its own accord.”

Favorite Books

A Martyr for the truth by Grazyna Sikorska
Messenger of the truth by Boyes & Moody
The Priest who had to die by Boyes & Moody

Canonization Status
Canonization

Blessed

Beatified on

June 6, 2010

Major Shrine

St. Stanisław Kostka Church, Warsaw Poland

Credits
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