St. Stanislaus of Cracow

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/11

Patron Of: Archdiocese of Cracow, Poland, Cracow, Poland, Soldiers in Battle, Poland

Also known as
    Stanislaus Szczepanowsky

    11 April
    formerly 7 May in the Roman Martyrology
    8 May (in Cracow)
    27 September (translation of relics)

    Born to the Polish nobility, son of Belislaus and Bogna, and raised in a pious family. Educated at Gnesen, Poland, and may have studied at Paris, France. When his parents died, he distributed his inheritence of the poor. Parish priest at Czembocz, Poland. Canon and preacher, and later vicar-general at the Cracow cathedral; noted spiritual director. Reluctant bishop of Cracow in 1072. Known for his preaching against sinful living, regardless of the sinner's class. Killed by King Boleslaus the Cruel after Stanislaus excommunicated him due to his war crimes and attempted theft of land from the Church. Murdered while celebrating Mass. Reaction against Boleslaus was so great that he fled the country, never to return; his guilt led him to become a monk. Stanislaus became a symbol of Polish patriotism and nationlism, and is sometimes considered a martyr.

    26 July 1030 as Szczepanowski, diocese of Cracow, Poland as Stanislaus Szczepanowsky

    murdered on 8 May 1079 in the chapel of Saint Michael in a suburb of Cracow, Poland
    buried in the chapel
    re-interred in the cathedral of Cracow in 1088

    1253 by Pope Innocent IV at Assisi, Italy

    Cracow, Poland, archdiocese of
    Cracow, Poland, city of
    Plock, Poland, diocese of
    soldiers in battle

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