Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski – Feast Day – January 1

Today is Saturday, January 28, 2023

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski was born November 1 1845 in Sanok, Podkarpackie in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austria-Hungary which is now Poland. He died on January 1 1920 at the age of 74 years in Lviv, Ukraine. He was canonized on October 23 2005 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI and his feast day is celebrated on January 1. He is the Patron Saint of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Sanok.

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Biography
Date of Birth November 1 1845
Country of Birth Sanok, Podkarpackie, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
Profession Polish Roman Catholic priest
Place of Work Priesthood, Parish of St Nicholas in Lviv
Date of Death January 1 1920
Place of Death Lwów, Republic of Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine)
Feast Day January 1
Beatification June 26 2001, Lviv Hippodrome, Ukraine by Pope John Paul II
Canonization October 23 2005, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI
Patron Saint of

Sisters of Saint Joseph Sanok

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Life History

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski was also known as Zigmund Horazdowski, Servant of God and “Father of the poor and priest of the homeless”.

He was baptized at a Franciscan church on November 9 1845.

In an incident in 1846, he almost died during the Galician slaughter when there was a revolt by peasants against serfdom. His parents hid him under a mill’s wheel and he survived.

Initially he had joined the Law School but his call to Priesthood overpowered his law career. In 1866, he Joined priesthood at the Latin Catholic Institute.

During his studies, Gorazdowski suffered from tuberculosis which troubled his studies for the priesthood such that he had to defer his studies from 1869 to 1871 to recover before he could be ordained.

Once he finished his studies and got ordained on July 21 1871 in the Lviv Cathedral. He was posted in various parishes where he started setting up homes for single mothers and orphans and hospices. He also wrote catechism and other religious notes for his parishioners.

Parents

Gorazdowski’s father was Szczęsny Gorazdowski (1813-May 1903) and mother was Aleksandra Łazowska. They had married in 1843. His paternal grandfather was Szymon Gorazdowski and grandmother was Maria Dobrzańskich.

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Date of birth

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski was born on November 1 1845

Place of Birth

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski was born in Sanok, Podkarpackie, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, Austria-Hungary which is now Poland.

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Date of Death

He died January 1 1920 at the age of 74

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Place of Death

He died and was buried in Lwów, Republic of Poland which is now Lviv, Ukraine.

Saint Zygmunt Gorazdowski Feast Day

He is among the saints whose feast Day is being remembered or celebrated on January 1.

Beatification

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski was beatified on June 26 2001 in Lviv Hippodrome, Ukraine by Pope John Paul II.

Canonization

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 23 2005 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Rome.

Patron Saint of

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski is the Patronage Saint of Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sanok, Subcarpathian Voivodeship of south-eastern Poland.

Saint’s Legacy

These are some of the establishments that he founded;

  • “Bonus Pastor Association” for priests
  • Home and a soup kitchen for the poor
  • Healthcare center for ill patients (the “Affordable Public House”);
  • Institute for poor seminarians
  • Home for single mothers and orphans (the “House of the Child Jesus”)
  • Saint Joseph’s Polish-German Catholic School
  • The Sisters of Saint Joseph on February 17 1884

Saint’s Attributes

St Zygmunt Gorazdowski is being attributed with the Priest’s attire.

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