Blessed Tymoteusz Trojanowski Religious and Martyr
Sadlowo, Plock, 29 July 1908 – Oswiecim, 28 February 1942
Roman Martyrology: In the Auschwitz death camp near Krakow in Poland, Blessed Timoteusz Trojanowski, a Brother of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr, who, during the domination of his homeland under a regime hostile to humanity and religion, exhausted by tortures suffered for confessing his Christian faith, brought to fruition his martyrdom.
Stanislaw Antoni was born July 29, 1908 in the village of Sadlowo, in the diocese of Plock, parents and Ignacy Franciszka Zebkiewicz. The precarious family led him to work from an early age. This involved poor attendance at primary school. On March 5, 1930 he entered the convent of Friars Minor Conventual and Niepokalanow and on January 6, 1931 he was able to begin his novitiate with the name of Tymoteusz. He made a simple profession of vows on February 2, 1932 and professed his solemn vows on February 11, 1935. His whole religious life was held in Niepokalanow, working in the shipping department of the magazine “Knights of the Immaculate Conception”, in the warehouse and infirmary, where he devoted himself to the sick brethren.
On May 3, 1937, he reported to his superior his wish to go on a mission “anywhere, anytime, provided the will of God.” He was disciplined and faithful to his vocation, had great confidence on the part of his famous superior, Father Kolbe. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he chose to remain at Niepokalanow. On October 14, 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo with six brothers, including one Bonifacy, and locked up in prison in Warsaw. In prison he was able to devote much time to prayer, giving courage to others and offering ever for hard work. On January 8, 1942 he was again deported with Bonifacy to the concentration camp of Oswiecim with the number 25431. He was originally intended for the transport of construction materials, then the excavation and transport of gravel and finally to the collection of rapeseed. He endured, with great courage, the hunger, cold and hard work. He never lost heart, even encouraging others to trust in the protection of God. The cold caused the pneumonia that led to his death in the hospital at the death camp on February 28, 1942.
Source: Santi e Beati