St Gabriel Gowdel Biography
|Date of Birth||22 March 1684|
|Country of Birth||Poland in Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Not Married|
|Place of Work||Poland|
|Date of Death||11 April 1690|
|Place of Death||Poland|
|Feast Day||May 3|
|Patron Saint of||Children|
Saint Gabriel Gowdel was a child of Peter and Anastasia Gowdel who were devout Orthodox Christians. Gabriel was noted for his devotion and prayer from a very early age. He was a murder victim and was considered a martyr. Gabriel attacker buried the body in a wooded area near the village where stray dogs guarded it until it was discovered by the villagers nine days after the crime; the body was incorrupt.
In 1720 during epidemic children were buried near him and their families considering the ground around a martyr to be especially hallowed. His body was accidentally exhumed and found to be incorrupt. There were many miraculous cures after the incident, and the end of the epidemic followed soon after.
Murdered on April 11, 1690, and his body transferred to the church at Zwierki, Poland in 1746. Gabriel’s relics translated to Saint Nicola’s Cathedral, Bialystok in 1922
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