For the first time in history, a lay nurse was beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in , was announced blessed this. Hanna Chrzanowska will become what it believed to be the first lay nurse to be beatified April A timeline of Chrzanowska’s life maintained. Hanna Chrzanowska, a 20th-century Polish nurse and laywoman who will be beatified in Krakow Saturday, is a model of how to give of oneself.

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Hanna Chrzanowska, a Polish nurse who will be beatified April 28, was devoted to her vocation attending to the sick and suffering. Francis of Assisi, Chrzanowska came from a privileged aristocratic family but decided to devote her life to the suffering souls in her midst.

Chrzanowska decided chrzanowskq become a nurse in during the Polish-Bolshevik War, when she helped war invalids and attended a nursing course offered by the American Red Cross. Along with other professors from the Jagiellonian University, Ignacy Chrzanowski was deported to the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp.

After the war, Chrzanowska went to New York on a one-year stipend to study nursing. Upon returning, she published books and articles on family nursing and taught in nursing schools.

By the s, Chrzanowska had settled in Krakow. Although before the war the Catholic Church in Poland played a leading role in charitable work as it does todayunder communism the atheistic regime sought to curb that role.


Later, her friend Teresa Strzembosz would develop a similar system in Warsaw. By the s, most parishes in Krakow participated in this system.

Hanna Helena Chrzanowska

Initially, Chrzanowska worked alone. Eventually, nuns would help her, chrzaniwska, later, she succeeded in encouraging a growing army of university students from the student ministry at St. Chrzanowska stressed that volunteers would be obliged to form a close bond with those under their care and see them regularly.

Her work and Christian charity has been detailed in Hznna Powszechnya Polish Roman Catholic weekly magazine, by Father Adam Bonieckiwho cooperated with her when he was in charge of the student ministry at St.

Chrzanowska responded to cgrzanowska with loveeven in the most difficult cases, according to the Polish version of the Aleteia website. Once, for example, she was called to attend to a paralyzed year-old woman with a hole in her forehead, which was the result of cancer.

In developing parish nursing in Krakow, Chrzanowska was motivated, above all, by her faith. She was particularly drawn to the Benedictine charism of work and prayer, becoming a Benedictine oblate.


Reading the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium, which speaks of the role of the laity in the Church, greatly inspired Chrzanowska in engaging laypeople to actively seek out the sick and suffering. Chrzanowska reached out to all the sick, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, exhibiting charity to all while not proselytizing. However, the loving Christian witness of Chrzanowska and her cbrzanowska led to many conversions.


Over time, however, he became so impressed with her love and kindness that he had a chrzanowsma and asked to confess to a priest before his death. An annual retreat was held for the sick in Trzebinia; its participants looked forward to it all year.

Hanna Helena Chrzanowska – Wikipedia

When Hanna Chrzanowska died inthe Carmelite basilica was crowded with mourners for her funeral Mass. The church was filled with wheelchairs with the many sick people to whom Chrzanowska gave hope, as well as the students and nuns who cared for them. In it, the future pope said: You are the embodiment of the Sermon on the Mount, especially the blessing that says: We encourage a lively and honest discussion of our hanan.

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