Servant of God Fr Fraciszek Nogalski (martyr) healing oil
Servant of God Fr Fraciszek Nogalski a Polish Roman Catholic priest and parochial vicar in Raciąż. Executed by Nazi German occupants during the Rudzki Most massacre. Before his death, Nogalski unsuccessfully tried to save other hostages by sacrificing himself. He has been accorded the title of Servant of God. And he is one of the 122 Polish martyrs of the Second World War whose beatification process started in 2003.
Born in 1911 in Wąbrzeźno (then German Empire, present day Poland). A son of Franciszek Nogalski, a stonemason, and Wiktoria née Lwandowska. Attended Wąbrzeźno high school where he passed the Baccalaureate Exam (1932). Then he entered Pelplin Higher Priest Seminary where he studies philosophy and theology. Ordained on 11 June 1938. After the ordination, he takes up the ministry as the parochial vicar in Raciąż village near Tuchola.
After the Nazi invasion of Poland Nogalski arrested and imprisoned. His detention an element of the Intelligenzaktion in Pomerania (Intelligence Action Pomerania), a part of an overall Intelligenzaktion by Nazi Germany aimed at liquidating the Polish elite – especially Roman Catholic clergy and intelligentsia.
In Tuchola County German authorities tried to find a convenient pretext to execute the arrested members of the Polish intelligentsia. On the night of 21 October 1939 a barn which belonged to Hugo Fritz – a local ethnic German – burned to the ground in Piastoszyn village. In the same night shocked Fritz died of a heart attack. It commonly is known that drunken Fritz left a lit cigar in the building. However Nazi authorities accused the local Poles of setting fire to the barn and the “murder” of Fritz.
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