Blessed Julia Rodzinska


Blessed Julia Stanisława Rodzińska was born in 1899 in the village of Nawojowa in the diocese of Tarnów in Poland. At the age of seventeen, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic. Moved by the spirit of prayer and filled with zeal for the apostolate, she worked with children and young people as a teacher and catechist. In 1943, she was arrested by the Nazis and imprisoned in Vilnius in Lithuania (then part of the Polish Commonwealth) and was later transferred to the concentration camp of Stutthof near Gdańsk. With unwavering faith and hope, she organized common prayer for fellow prisoners and showed heroic love in the service of her neighbor. On February 20, 1945, she gave her life while caring for the victims of typhus. In 1999, Pope John Paul II beatified her along with 108 Polish martyrs of the Second World War.