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St Andrew Bobola – Feast Day – May 16

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.

The Memorial of St. Andrew Bobola – Feast Day

St Andrew Bobola Biography

Date of Birth 1591
Place of Birth Strachocina, Poland
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Priests
Profession Priest
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
  • Poland
  • Archdiocese of Warsaw

Saint’s Biography

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.

Saint Andrew Bobola
Saint Andrew Bobola

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