St. Hyacinth

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/17

Patron Of: Poland

Also known as
    Apostle to Poland
    Apostle of the North
    Hyacinth of Cracow

    17 August

    Related to Saint Ceslaus. Educated in Krakow, Prague, Paris and Bologna. Doctor of Law and of Sacred Studies. Priest. Worked to reform convents in his native Poland. While in Rome working with his uncle, Bishop Ivo Konski of Krakow, he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic. He became of friend of Saint Dominic, and became one of the first Dominicans. Brought the Dominican Order to Poland, then evangelized throughout Poland, Pomerania, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Russia, Turkey, and Greece. During an attack on a monastery, Hyacinth managed to save a crucifix and statue of Mary, though the statue weighed far more than he could normally have lifted; the saint is usually shown holding these two items.

    1185 at Lanka Castle, Kamin, Silesia, Poland

    15 August 1257 at Krakow, Poland of natural causes
    relics at Paris, France

Name Meaning
    purple (greek)

    17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII


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