The Holy Countrymen of St. John Paul the Great

To the right of Our Lady of Fatima at the shrine of the Saint John Paul II Society here in New York, an icon with Saint Hyacinth and Blessed Ceslaus adorns the wall. Who are these men, and how do they relate to St. John Paul II?

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Preaching Mercy at World Youth Day

Our Dominican Friars assisted the Knights of Columbus with the international English speaking catechetical site and youth festival during World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, several of our friars were stationed at the “Mercy Centre,” where thousands of young people were able receive Read more…

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St. Hyacinth

Known as the “Apostle of Poland,” Hyacinth (1185 – 1257) was born of a noble family in Silesia. Trained as a priest, he was appointed a canon by his uncle, the bishop of Krakow, who took him to Rome on church business in 1220. Here Hyacinth met Dominic, who influenced him so profoundly that he Read more…

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Establishing Foundation in Poland

In 1220 Bishop Ivo Odrowatz, the Polish bishop of Krakow, made a pilgrimage to Rome with his two nephews, the brothers Hyacinth and Ceslaus. While there they witnessed Dominic’s miraculous raising to life of a young man named Napoleon at St. Sixtus. Afterwards, through Cardinal Ugolino, they became personally acquainted with Dominic and were deeply Read more…

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