Warsaw, Poland: Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church and Shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko
About Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko:
Within the Church of Saint Stanislaus Kostka you will find the museum of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. Father Jerzy was a priest who, although not political, became a martyr of the late 20th Century.
His only crime was that he often celebrated Mass for the striking steelworkers involved in the Solidarity Movement.
As a result, he became an enemy of the State and a target for assassination.
After an arranged car accident failed, he was assassinated by members of the Polish Communist government in 1984. He was beaten to death and his body thrown into the river shortly before midnight on October 19, 1984.
This horrible act had, as many others have over the centuries, the opposite effect that the Communists had intended. It solidified resistance to the authorities and his funeral drew an estimated one million people, a testament to the bravery and defiance of the Polish people.
Since then millions more have visited his grave, including Pope John Paul II in 1987, and prayed for his intercession. He was proclaimed Blessed in 2010 in Warsaw by Cardinal Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI. Over 100,000 people attended the Mass.
Wednesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed:
Mondays and Tuesdays; January 1st;
Holy Week; Easter; Easter Monday;
May 1st through 3rd; Corpus Christi; All Saints’ Day;
December 22nd through 26th and December 31st.
Groups of up to 25 people are admitted every 20 minutes.
Last admission for the public is 30 minutes before the closing.
Address: kard. Stanisława Hozjusza 2, Warszawa
GPS coordinates: 52° 16′ 0.8904” N, 20° 59′ 1.2696” E
Tel: +48 22 839 45 72
Click here for the official website of the Museum of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko
Photos courtesy Museum of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko
To order a book or DVD of the life of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko click here.