Blessed Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz, April 20

blessed-anastazy-jakub-pankiewicz-priest-and-martyr-apr-20Blessed Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz, Priest and Martyr
Nagórzany, Poland, July 9, 1882 – Linz, Austria, April 20, 1942

Jakub Pankiewicz was born in Nagorzanach, Poland, July 9, 1882. He was accepted by the Friars Minor in the Province of the Immaculate Conception in 1900. He made his solemn profession of vows on February 24, 1904, taking the name Anastazy. Ordained a priest in 1906, he was Guardian in various fraternities, built the minor seminary in the industrial city of Lodz and was among the founders of the Congregation of the Sisters of Christ the King Antoniana. Arrested on October 10, 1941, he was interned in Dachau. He died April 20, 1942, on the road leading to the crematorium of Hartheim near Linz in Austria. Preparing himself for death with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he helped a fellow prisoner on board the car after a German soldier closed the door of the car cutting both his hands. His body was burned and the ashes were scattered. John Paul II beatified him in Warsaw on June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: Along the path from the prison camp at Dachau to Hartheim near Linz in Austria, Blessed Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor and martyr, who, against an oppressive regime of the Christian dignity, testified his faith until death.

Jakub Pankiewicz was born in Nagorzanach, diocese of Przemysl, July 9, 1882. It was accepted by the Friars Minor in the Province of the Immaculate Conception in 1900. He issued his Temporary occupation February 2, 1901 and the solemn vows on February 24, 1904, taking the name Anastazy. Ordained priest in 1906, he was Guardian in various fraternities, built the minor seminary in the industrial city of Lodz and was among the founders of the Congregation of Sisters of Christ the King Antoniana. He was arrested without trial on October 10, 1941 and interned in Dachau.

He died April 20, 1942, during the so-called “transport of the disabled, on the road that leads to the crematorium of Hartheim near Linz in Austria. Preparing himself for death with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he helped a fellow prisoner on board the car a German soldier violently closed the door of the car cutting both hands. His body was then burned and the ashes were scattered.

John Paul II beatified in him in Warsaw on June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs, including his four other brothers. This day is commemorated by the new Roman Martyrology as the anniversary of his glorious martyrdom.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati

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One Response to Blessed Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz, April 20

  1. Gina says:

    I wanted to learn if Jakub could be a relative to my great grandma Leokadja?

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