Blessed Pius Ludwik Bartosik

blessed-pius-ludwik-bartosik-dec-121Blessed Pius Ludwik Bartosik

Kokanin, August 21, 1909-Auschwitz, December 12, 1941

Roman martyrology: Next to Krakow in Poland, Blessed Pius Bartosik, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr who, during the occupation of Poland by a foreign regime hostile to God, prostrated by torture carried out his martyrdom for Christ in the extermination camp of Auschwitz.

Ludwik was born on August 21 1909 at Kokanin, firstborn of Wojciech, a shoemaker, and Wiktoria Tomczyk. His family was very poor, but thanks to many efforts and with the help of friends and the pastor of the place, the boy received a good intellectual preparation so that he could begin his studies at the gymnasium below Tadeusz Kosciuszko Kalisz. In 1926 he was therefore accepted the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, where he began his novitiate Sept 7 at Kalwaria Paclawska and then Pagiewniki. On September 8, 1927 he made his first religious vows and was given the name Pius.

He continued his studies in the Franciscan minor seminary, first in Sanok and as a result of Lviv, arriving finally in 1931 the degree of maturity. Then undertaken studies in philosophy and theology in the Franciscan seminary in Krakow, where he received priestly ordination on June 23, 1935 at the hands of Bishop Monsignor Stanislaw Rospond. His first destination was the convent of Krosno, where he was distinguished for his devotion and especially for diligence in the ministry of confessor. In 1936 he was transferred to Niepokalanow, at the express request of the future Saint Maximilian Kolbe, then newly elected guardian of the convent. Noting in Father Pius several qualities of spiritual intellectuals, Kolbe did not hesitate to entrust to him certain positions of responsibility, particularly as editor of the magazines “Knight dell’Immacolata”, “Little dell’Immacolata Knight” and “Miles Immaculatae.”

Among his many outstanding deeds, was writing a Marian book, for which he kept the typed version. Father Leo was recalled by the friars which premuroso priest, who devoted much time to the confessional and his brother was with kindness and respect specimens. On September 19, 1939, with some forty other brothers, among which was Kolbe, he was imprisoned by the Germans and spent nearly three months in concentration camps of Lamsdorf, Amtitz and Ostrzeszów. He patiently endured hunger and suffering, solendo repeat: “So far we have written and we have said to others as endure the suffering, time for us to overcome this, otherwise that would value our words?”. A second time he was arrested on February 17, 1941, again with Father Kolbe, Father Antonin Bajewski and two others, and led to Warsaw in prison via Pawiak, and patiently endured every torment. On April 4, 1941, during the holy week, Father and Father Antonin Pius were deported to the concentration camp of Auschwitz: Pius was registered under number 12,832 and assigned to forced labor costs. Pursued, now physically exhausted from beatings, from skin infection and a painful wound in the leg, he was admitted in hospitals of lager. Sick of the sick, not astenne however dall’aiutare others with the utmost dedication, taking care of the wounds, both physically rescue as spiritually, primarily through the sacrament of reconciliation. He usually repeated: “The sufferings of this moment can not be compared with future glory, with the future happiness that we have with God, Kingdom of Heaven.” Pius Bartosik, despite trying hard physically, endured extreme patience with this tragic situation. He died after receiving the anointing of the sick, on the night between December 12 and 13, 1941. Just to December 12 this holy friar is remembered by martyrology: “At Krakow in Poland, memories of Blessed Pius Bartosik, priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr who, while Poland lived under a despotic regime alien and hostile to God, was deported to extermination camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz) bringing to fruition his martyrdom for Christ, ending crashed by torture. “
Author: Fabio Arduino

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Roman martyrology: Next to Krakow in Poland, Blessed Pius Bartosik, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr who, during the occupation of Poland by a foreign regime hostile to God, prostrated by torture carried out his martyrdom for Christ in the extermination camp of Auschwitz.

Ludwik was born on August 21 1909 at Kokanin, firstborn of Wojciech, a shoemaker, and Wiktoria Tomczyk. His family was very poor, but thanks to many efforts and with the help of friends and the pastor of the place, the boy received a good intellectual preparation so that he could begin his studies at the gymnasium below Tadeusz Kosciuszko Kalisz. In 1926 he was therefore accepted the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, where he began his novitiate Sept 7 at Kalwaria Paclawska and then Pagiewniki. On September 8, 1927 he made his first religious vows and was given the name Pius.

He continued his studies in the Franciscan minor seminary, first in Sanok and as a result of Lviv, arriving finally in 1931 the degree of maturity. Then undertaken studies in philosophy and theology in the Franciscan seminary in Krakow, where he received priestly ordination on June 23, 1935 at the hands of Bishop Monsignor Stanislaw Rospond. His first destination was the convent of Krosno, where he was distinguished for his devotion and especially for diligence in the ministry of confessor. In 1936 he was transferred to Niepokalanow, at the express request of the future Saint Maximilian Kolbe, then newly elected guardian of the convent. Noting in Father Pius several qualities of spiritual intellectuals, Kolbe did not hesitate to entrust to him certain positions of responsibility, particularly as editor of the magazines “Knight dell’Immacolata”, “Little dell’Immacolata Knight” and “Miles Immaculatae.”

Among his many outstanding deeds, was writing a Marian book, for which he kept the typed version. Father Leo was recalled by the friars which premuroso priest, who devoted much time to the confessional and his brother was with kindness and respect specimens. On September 19, 1939, with some forty other brothers, among which was Kolbe, he was imprisoned by the Germans and spent nearly three months in concentration camps of Lamsdorf, Amtitz and Ostrzeszów. He patiently endured hunger and suffering, solendo repeat: “So far we have written and we have said to others as endure the suffering, time for us to overcome this, otherwise that would value our words?”. A second time he was arrested on February 17, 1941, again with Father Kolbe, Father Antonin Bajewski and two others, and led to Warsaw in prison via Pawiak, and patiently endured every torment. On April 4, 1941, during the holy week, Father and Father Antonin Pius were deported to the concentration camp of Auschwitz: Pius was registered under number 12,832 and assigned to forced labor costs. Pursued, now physically exhausted from beatings, from skin infection and a painful wound in the leg, he was admitted in hospitals of lager. Sick of the sick, not astenne however dall’aiutare others with the utmost dedication, taking care of the wounds, both physically rescue as spiritually, primarily through the sacrament of reconciliation. He usually repeated: “The sufferings of this moment can not be compared with future glory, with the future happiness that we have with God, Kingdom of Heaven.” Pius Bartosik, despite trying hard physically, endured extreme patience with this tragic situation. He died after receiving the anointing of the sick, on the night between December 12 and 13, 1941. Just to December 12 this holy friar is remembered by martyrology: “At Krakow in Poland, memories of Blessed Pius Bartosik, priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr who, while Poland lived under a despotic regime alien and hostile to God, was deported to extermination camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz) bringing to fruition his martyrdom for Christ, ending crashed by torture. “
Author: Fabio Arduino

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  1. […] of the 108 Polish Martyrs killed by Nazis during WWII. Among the 108 were Jan Antonin Bajewski and Ludwik Pius Bartosik, two collaborators of Maximillian Kolbe, a saint in his own […]

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