St Andrew Bobola, also called the Apostle of Lithuania and the “hunter of souls, was a Jesuit missionary. He was born in 1591 in Strachocina, Poland and died on May 16 1657 in Janów, Belarus. We celebrate his feast day on May 16 every year in the Catholic Church.
St Andrew Bobola Biography
|Date of Birth||1591|
|Place of Birth||Strachocina, Poland|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Priests|
|Place of Work||Poland, Lithuania and Belarus|
|Date of Death||May 16 1657|
|Place of Death||Poland|
|Feast Day||May 16|
|Beatification||Beatified by Pope Blessed Pius IX on October 30 1853|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pope Pius XI on April 17 1938|
|Patron Saint of||
St. Andrew Bobola was born in 1591, into a noble family in Lesser, Poland. In 1606 he went to study at the Jesuit school at Sandomierz, Poland. On July 31, 1611, he joined the Jesuit Order in Vilna, Lithuania.
Between 1613 and 1616 Andrew studied philosophy at the famous academy in Vilna. He then taught for a year in Braniewo and two years in Polozk. Andrew then returned to Vilna in 1619 to study theology.
He was ordained on March 12, 1622. His first ministry was in the church at Nieswiez, which was affiliated with the Jesuit school there. While there, he received many converts and held missions in the vicinity. In 1624 he returned to Vilna where he became parish priest of the church of St. Kasimir.
From 1652, Andreas managed for five years a house in Janów near Pinsk which was given to him by Prince Radziwell, where Jesuits could flee. In May 1657, the Pinsk were attacked and Jews and Catholics were massacred in Janów. The Jesuits were forced to flee to the woods. Andreas was captured in Janów and was tortured to death.
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