The Word Among Us

February 2019 Issue

A Fight for the Soul

Blessed Maria Sagheddu’s prayer for Christian unity.

By: Andrew Swafford

A Fight for the Soul: Blessed Maria Sagheddu’s prayer for Christian unity. by Andrew Swafford

In 1941, Nazi soldiers conducted a raid on St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Krakow, Poland, hauling off seven priests. With the loss of so many clergymen, the parish’s youth outreach depended increasingly upon lay volunteers. The task fell to Jan Tyranowski, a seemingly ordinary, but somewhat quirky, man in his forties.

Few people had high expectations for Tyranowski, but he ended up becoming the linchpin for training a new generation of witnesses to...


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