Oil Dedicated to St Stanislaus Papczyński
St Stanislaus Papczyński was born on 18 May 1631 at Podegrodzie, Poland. In times of great upheaval. He was a lively, enterprising boy who tended his father’s sheep with care. Initially, he had difficulty with his studies but diligently persevered. He graduated from both Piarist and Jesuit Colleges. His parents had hoped he would marry. But he announced his intention to dedicate himself totally to the service of God.
On 2 July 1654, he entered the Piarist Order founded by Fr Joseph Calasanctius in 1597. Also known as The Order of Poor Clerics Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools [Sch. P]. And took the religious name of Stanislaus of Jesus-Mary. He made his religious profession on 22 July 1656. Was ordained a priest on 12 March 1661.
While still a seminarian he taught rhetoric using a textbook that he wrote, “The Messenger of the Queen of Arts”, for which he received great praise.
Fr Stanislaus was also valued as a confessor and for his sermons to the intellectual elite. Due to his influential contacts, his Order requested that he seek support for Fr Calasanctius’ cause to raise him to the honor of the altars.
Despite his academic and pastoral success, Fr Papczyński experienced an uneasy period concerning his vocation. He called this time “a lengthy martyrdom” which he spent in frequent meditation on the Passion of Christ.
Until that time all religious Orders in Poland had been founded abroad. So it was doubtful that a commoner like Fr Stanislaus would find an approval for this new Society. But his trust in God was rewarded with support for his plan from the Bishop of Poznan, Poland.