Honoratus, born Wencesalo Kozminski, was born in Biala Podlaska October 16, 1829. He received his early education at home and completed his primary studies in Plock, then went to Warsaw to study architecture. In 1846 he suffered a religious crisis, after which he entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Warsaw, and was ordained a priest on December 27, 1852. He dedicated himself to an intense pastoral care and founded over 26 religious institutes, 18 of which exist today. He was a prolific writer, spiritual director and sought out confessor. He died in Nowe Miasto December 16, 1916. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 16, 1988.
Roman Martyrology: In the town of Nowe Miasto Poland, Blessed Honoratus by Biała Podlaska (Fiorenza) Kazminsky, priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, who worked very well in serving the penitents, and in preaching the word of God and giving comfort to prisoners.
Wenceslas Kozminski was born in 1829, his family raised him a Christian and he studied at the gymnasium of Plock. Attending the school of Fine Arts in Warsaw, influenced by the Enlightenment, he abandoned the faith. Arrested in 1846 by tsarist police, on suspicion of being part of a political organization, he was put in jail in Warsaw, where he spent a year during which he contracted typhoid and feared its death sentence. During this period he sought and found new faith in God.
In 1848 he entered the novitiate of Lubartow, the clothing he was given the name of Brother Honoratus, was ordained a priest on December 27, 1852, immediately began teaching the Capuchin cleric, engaged in preaching and in the direction of a Franciscan tertiary.
In 1863 the Russians decided to abolish the religious orders, Onorato was transferred first and then Zahroczym-Nowe Miasto.
He struggled against the power that he wanted to pull the Tsarist Polish church from Rome, through the Marian devotion and spreading of the Third Order Franciscan. Certainly it was very difficult to operate in a country where it was forbidden to do apostolate and to train novices for that reason spread the Gospel values interpreted by the third order to form various congregations, they lived the Gospel of Christ as found in ordinary life, without habit, without the monastery, hidden but alive in faith. These congregations were approved by the Holy See June 21, 1889, but due to complaints of restrictions were imposed in these communities.
In 1905 for health reasons, he no longer exercised the ministry in the confessional and the beginning of an important correspondence with his spiritual children, about 4,000 handwritten letters are preserved in the archives of Warsaw, in addition to his numerous sermons, an “encyclopedia of Mary” and a spiritual diary.
From 1895 he was commissioner general of the Capuchins under Russian domination.
He died at the age of 87 years December 16, 1916, since 1975 his body rests in the church-Nowe Miasto.
On October 16, 1988 John Paul II beatified.
Author: Caramel Club
Source: Santi e Beati